Walt Whitman in Metaphors

If Walt was a color, he would be a rainbow because there are many different aspects that can be taken away from his poetry and his poetry often has a deeper sense of meaning.

If Walt was a food, he would be a salad. Whitman’s exploration about many different topics from exploring nature to city life to his personal experiences through poetry make him an interesting poet to read from.

If Walt was an animal, he would be a bird. He is able to retrieve aspects of an issue that may seem unrelated at first, but eventually turns out to be a beautiful and intricately complex nest of ideas.

If Walt was a season, he would be spring. His love of nature is present in many of his poems and he even talks about ordinary things in nature like the ocean and the forest as “miracles”. Spring is a season where the plants can begin to appear after the cold season of winter, and Whitman also took a new approach to poetry by seeing things from a new perspective.

If Walt was a day of the week, he would be Friday. The end of the week can be seen as freedom and a chance to relax. Whitman thinks that freedom is a very important aspect in poetry and the expression of that freedom is important as well.

If Walt was a word, he would be liberty. “The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.”

If Walt was a season of life, he would be infancy because he has a great curiosity about everything, no matter its size or importance to others. He has even been quoted as saying “be curious, not judgmental”.

If Walt was a musical instrument, he would be a harp. In his poetry, he speaks about topics in a way that resonates with many people and is said in a gentle but understanding manner.

If Walt was a outdoors activity, he would be climbing up a mountain. His way of writing challenges you to think deeper than you expect and it is challenging to get to the point when you fully understand his point. However, once you do, you will be amazed at how far you have come.

If Walt was a natural phenomenon, he would be wind. He is able to go through topics in a way that not a lot of people would have thought of. As a result, when you read his poems, you may not necessarily know what he is going to say next or what angle he is going to approach a situation from.

If Walt was a personality type, he would be a commander. He is able to lead the way in exploring a new type of poetry that others during his time had not thought of before.

If Walt was a demeanor, he would be welcoming. Whitman is open to people talking to him and he will also try to have a conversation with who he is talking to. “Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?”

If Walt was an American holiday, he would be Independence Day. Whitman has a strong sense of patriotism for America. “The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.”

If Walt was a music genre, he would be classical. He is a poet who starts out with a theme in a poem and is able to approach it from different angles without detracting from the true purpose of the poem.

If Walt was a phrase, he would be ‘appreciative of nature’. “After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on – have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear – what remains? Nature remains.”



One thought on “Walt Whitman in Metaphors

  1. Kinya, this post is straight-forward and nicely formatted. You quote specifically for many metaphors, but you can make these metaphors more personal. Good job!


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