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Five Walt Whitman Poems. Metaphors, Diction, Syntax, Form, Rhyme Scheme, And Other Literary Techniques.

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Walt Whitman's poetry is relatively formless and his random patterns have a significant effect on the meaning evoked from the poems. Whitman has a constant theme of the link between nature/natural experience and humans. He expresses his emotions and opinions through his poems. Some of his poems are very personable, which makes them very easier to understand and more enjoyable to read."Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" is a poem about the sharing of experiences. All humans are somehow connected through the common experiences they encounter. It has no rhyme scheme or form and it is end-stopped.1Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face!Clouds of the west--sun there half an hour high--I see you also faceto face.Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curiousyou are to me!On the ferry-boats the hundreds and hundreds that cross, returninghome, are more curious to me than you suppose,And you that shall cross from shore to shore years hence are moreto me, and more in my meditations, than you might suppose.Whitman expresses his feelings toward the strangers surrounding him. He says that these people matter to him more than they would ever realize. He uses nature (water, clouds, and the sunrise) and links nature with the motion of people.2The impalpable sustenance of me from all things at all hours of the day,The simple, compact, well-join'd scheme, myself disintegrated, everyone disintegrated yet part of the scheme,The similitudes of the past and those of the future,The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings, onthe walk in the street and the passage over the river,The current rushing so swiftly and swimming with me far away,The others that are to follow me, the ties between me and them,The certainty of others, the life, love, sight, hearing of others.Others will enter the gates of the ferry and cross from shore to shore,Others will watch the run of the flood-tide,Others will see the shipping of Manhattan north and west, and theheights of Brooklyn to the south and east,Others will see the islands large and small;Fifty years hence, others will see them as they cross, the sun halfan hour high,A hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence, otherswill see them,Will enjoy the sunset, the pouring-in of the flood-tide, thefalling-back to the sea of the ebb-tide.In this section Whitman says everyone is separate from each other yet they are somehow involved in the same scheme of life. There are wonderful things happening within the small things that he notices. He and other people share the same life, love, sight, and hearings. In the line "The current rushing so swiftly and swimming with me far away," the word "current" can represent both the water and the magnitude of people walking around. There is also the repetition of the word "the" at the beginning of sentences.In the second verse of this section Whitman says that everything that people see now will still be seen by people 50 or 100 years from now. In this...

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