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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Uncovered In the poem Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman there are many recurring images and motifs that can be seen Whitman develops these images throughout the course of the poem The most dominant of these are the linear notion of time playing roles and nature By examining these motifs and tracing their development ones understanding of the poem becomes intensely deepened Whitman destroys the linear subsistence of time by connecting past with future This can be seen in the first stanza as the poem opens And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are more to me and more in my meditations than you might suppose4-5 This lets the reader know that Whitman has written this with the reader in mind even before that reader existed He challenges time by connecting his time with ours He has predicted us reading this poem When we read Whitmans words we are connected to his vision and his feelings during the time of his existence In a way time and space are warped so that while reading this poem they dont exist as they do in reality He is undoubtedly confident that after he is gone the water will still run and people will still see the shipping of Manhattanand the heights of Brooklyn 14-15 He makes his past and our future all one No matter neither the time nor the distance the reader will have an experience similar to what Whitman experiences at the moment in time in which he resides
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