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Walt Whitman Poems

"Beat! Beat! Drums!" "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" "The Noiseless Patient Spider" "O Captain, My Captain"
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What does the speaker tell the drummer to do in "Beat! Beat! Drums!"?
To play as loud as he can to distract everyone
Theme of "Beat! Beat! Drums!".
War causes destruction
How does the poem "Beat! Beat! Drums!" mimic the drum?
The poem starts out slow but then speeds up.
What is the spider a symbol for in "A Noiseless Patient Spider"?
the human soul
What are the themes of "A Noiseless Patient Spider"?
Isolation, Spirituality (Transcendentalism)
What is the tone of "A Noiseless Patient Spider"?
meditative and lonely
Why is the speaker so disinterested in the lecture in "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"?
He does not like the factuality of the astronomer
What are the themes of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"?
Wisdom vs Knowledge, Science vs Nature, and Dissatisfaction
What is the tone of "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer"?
Detached
What is the predominant them in "O Captain! My Captain!"?
Patriotism
What kind of imagery does Whitman use in "O Captain! My Captain!"?
He uses imagery that has double meaning (For example: the line "For you the flag is flung" can be seen as a patriotic statement but it can also be seen as memorializing)
What is the tone of "Oh Captain! My Captain!"
bittersweet
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