1. 1/2 hour from sundown, ferry actually means the ferry landing, not the boat.
2. People going home, crossing the east river.
3. "Flood tide below me, I watch you face to face."
-confronting things on your own, immediately
5. Who is the you? The reader. Whitman is talking to me.
6. "I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence." "I have considered you long before you were born..."-->Literally, I am thinking of you sitting in front of your computer, all the way back here in 1865, more than you know.
7. "You that shall cross from shore to shore years hence.."
8. Ferry crossing river is metaphor for life and death.
-get on the ferry= being born
-getting off the ferry= death
9. Egalitarian- we're all in this together, brothers and sisters, not just with others on the ferry with us, but all who have ever or ever will ride it.
10. Whitman draws closer and closer to the reader through shared experience. "Closer yet, I approach you.."
11. We are all connected through experience, same physical world and same emotions.
-"It's not upon you alone the dark patches fall."
They've fallen on me to....
-"What is it between us?"
-"Brooklyn of ample hills was mine."
-Questions of life, "they come upon me"
12. Others--> not us, we'll be gone, repeated in poem for emphasis.
13. USES PARALLEL PHRASING, ASSONANCE, ALLITERATION, REPETITION--> ALL TO ESTABLISH RHYTHM.
14. "one of a crowd" --> emphasized community
15. Attempts to reconcile a commitment to self vs. community
16. Whitman believes we can do both, a healthy self reliant person will naturally invest in community.
17. Leaning against the rail--> in life, time passes no matter what, we are getting closer and closer to getting off the ferry. The ferry is always moving with the rushing current even though we are standing still at the rail.
18. Sees reflection in water, halo effect, we are all divine.
19. "Of my body, float forever, held in solution
-pool of souls beyond this world, a ladle
scoops us out when we're born and puts us
in our bodies. When we die, pieces of us go
into others just as other went in to us. We all
come from the same source.
20. We've all been evil/malignant. "I was one with the rest.."
21. Not tied to organized religion, "What Gods can exceed these, which clasp me by my hand?"
22. " I am he who knew what it was to be evil;
I too knitted the old knot of contrariety,
Blabb'd, blush'd, resented, lied, stole, grudg'd, 75
Had guile, anger, lust, hot wishes I dared not speak,
Was wayward, vain, greedy, shallow, sly, cowardly, malignant;
The wolf, the snake, the hog, not wanting in me,
The cheating look, the frivolous word, the adulterous wish, not wanting,
Refusals, hates, postponements, meanness, laziness, none of these wanting." (PARALLEL PHRASING- LIST, EQUAL WEIGHT)
23. "Do we not" "Are we not" "Is it not"
-CEZURAS- serenity, union, summary