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Walt Whitmans Spontaneous Me Norton 2151-2152 crystallizes his attempt to create poems that appear natural impulsive and untamed The natural effect is a carefully crafted technique that appears throughout his writing hinting at a philosophy of life while seeming to simply offer observation As in Song of Myself Whitman weaves together carefully chosen images to create the illusion of untamed totality What is important about his complete vision is that it seems somehow essential as though a natural state is unveiled He crafts a language that stems from natural rhythms like the familiar feel of breathing Human impulses become universal pulses and vice versa This creates an elemental rhythm that governs the craft of the poem and much of its subject matter Spontaneous Me is a deeply erotic meditation on the self An important aspect of the poem is its whispered confessional quality There is the sense that Whitman is searching for answers if not redemption The natural world provides the necessary soothing making his poem a self-reflexive examination of the human as an earthbound element The poem answers itself by paralleling the greater natural world which is established as an answer for everything This is Whitmans message He demands that we turn simultaneously inward and outward in pursuit of the truth crafting a human being who is both a reflection and an embodiment of nature One of Whitmans characteristic techniques is his listing of images ideas and moments The poem seems at a glance to be a list of images and ideas a gathering of disparate thoughts Practically every line begins with OeThe and continues with subjects encompassing people objects smells sounds and ideas to name a few Although this is a concrete structure more rigid poetic schemes such as rhyming would create a more artificial tone to the poem The list-like organization masks the craft of the poem but also achieves a distinctly democratic sensibility The loving day l2 The hillside whitend l3
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