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Known for his controversial topics such as sexuality and his use of free verse Walt Whitman was a significant player in American poetry Influenced by Emerson many of his works included American patriotism and transcendental influences Gwynn 157 Walt Whitman had no qualms expressing himself or his sexuality Many of his poems including O Captain My Captain and the series Song of Myself have metaphors imagery recurring settings the theme of Democracy and the motif of the human bodyWalt Whitmans use of metaphors is outstanding In Whitmans poem O Captain My Captain he used the word ship to represent the United States at the time of the Civil War 163 Whitman uses this metaphor to describe how the Civil War affected the people of the United States The fearful trip he writes of is the Civil War itself He describes it as such because of the drastic change it brought as well as its uncertainty The Captain is Abraham Lincoln This poem was written after the assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth The metaphor implies a sailor losing his captain To the United States Lincoln was much more He fought to end slavery and promote economic modernization Abraham Lincoln The Gettysburg Address 1863 These ideas were revolutionary and ill-received by many The tone of this metaphor is somber Even though the War has ended they have lost their hero In Song of Myself 6 Whitman uses many metaphors to answer the question What is grass 166 He writes that it could be the handkerchief of the Lord 166 By this he means that the Lord may have left the grass on the Earth as a reminder of how much he has created He also says that the grass might be a child By this he means that the grass is the offspring of other vegetation
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