Walt Whitman Poem “When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” I can relate to this poem because I’ve always been very intrigued with Astronomy and Cosmology. To me this poem talks about the basics of science and nature that involves a higher purpose. In this poem Walt Whitman seemed confused about the scientific facts and quantum equations about the stars. The lines that was most crucial to me was “In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.� � He mentally wanders off into the night gazing upon the stars in amazement, and admiring their beauty of nature. These lines that I’ve choose displays significant imagery, “In the mystical moist night-air” one can envision the mystical moist rising from the ground into the night airy sky. The next part is implying “and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” On each time you gaze upon the stars just absorb the beauty and enjoy the peaceful silence. To go more in-depth about the imagery, the writer wants you to feel closer to the poem and envision nature how it truly is. Walt Whitman was a transcendentalist who viewed nature played a huge role in the world. This poem was important to me because it made me see more then what meets the eye. This poem made me envision the world differently and to enjoy the little things in life.
The quote I chose is from the works of Henry Longfellow in the poem The Chambered Nautilus, the line I took from it is “its webs of living gauze no more unfurl.” This line has a lot of meaning and power behind it. “Its webs of living gauze,” sounds like a human’s body in a way. The gauze could be like our organs and a nautilus’s shell could be like our bodies protecting our organs. The Chambered Nautilus is a very inspirational poem because life is in anything and Henry Longfellow found it in a dead sea creature he found on the beach. The line is more deep than it sounds “no more unfurl” means the nautilus was unrolled out of its shell, isn’t that sort of the same as when humans die? We can no longer provide health and healing to ourselves when we die, and the nautilus can’t survive without his “body,” or shell. Sure we can live through a lot more than this sea creature can, but are we really that much different from it? We go through life thinking about what we need to do and when and how to do it. However this creature travels around the world without having a worry in the world except for one thing survival. This is exactly what people still worry about today is survival so in reality that’s all we should really worry about not the other stresses in like like when bills are due, or how much you do in a day. Its surviving and keeping your body or “shell” protected and healthy. This is what Henry Longfellow is trying to show us we focus too much on what “needs” to be done instead of worrying about the health of our bodies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the one of the transcendentalist thinkers. He believed that being yourself is one of the most important things in our lives. He wrote in the Self-Reliance, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” This quote is important for me because it showed me that I must be myself no matter what people think. Most of the people in my culture believe that what people think matters, and if you act like yourself people will judge you; they exclude you from the society. However I must be myself and show the people that is not right. If people would start to be themselves the world would be a better place to live. A lot of teenagers just like me cannot express themselves and it even causes suicides. I must do what I believe is right. If I do not do what I think is right, then it wouldn’t be my own life. After Emerson wrote this quote he wrote, “You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion.” If you worry about what other people think about you or your decisions, you will never be happy and you will always be under a shadow. If you let others choose for you; you will never be able to live their life. Emerson made me realize I have to be strong and brave to do what I want to do.
For my line I choose is from the poem Walden by Henry David Thoreau “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” I thought that this quote really spoke to me cause people tell me that “I’m one of a kind” even some people have called me weird, but for me I take it as a compliment cause it’s good to be different it means that you have different thinking to other people and that you can bring new ideas to the table. I also think that this quote speaks to anybody that people call different or weird, to the people that are called weird or think that they are I say “embrace your weirdness.” If some people that were called weird or different then we wouldn’t have all the cool things we have like if Steve Jobs didn’t embrace his differentness then we wouldn’t have IPhone and iPods that we have today
Also if Abraham Lincoln changed his way of think then slavery would still be a thing today, but since Abraham thought differently he was able to end slavery and probably make U.S. the most diverse country in the world. Henry David Thoreau’s quote speaks the most to me and anyone who thinks that they seem different I support weird people and I know that these people can make the world a better world and definitely a interesting world to live in. When somebody first called me weird I felt like sad and angry that I’m different from everybody else, but I soon learned that it’s good that your different from everybody else. Now whenever somebody calls me weird now I’m think it as a compliment cause I could do awesome things in the future that no one has seen and become famous.
Throughout our study on the “Great Thinkers”, we have read some very lovely and bizarre styled pieces. We have read poems by Emerson, Thoreau, Longfellow, Holmes, Bryant, and even some Whitman. Each of their poems are filled with such meaningful advice that, us teens, can really benefit from. For example, Ralph Waldo Emerson writes in his poem, titled Self-Reliance, “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.”
For a lot of my high school career, I didn’t want to be considered “different”. I wanted to be like everyone else, I wanted to think like everyone else, and I feel like this is still apparent in high school today. A lot of us teens are so caught up trying to impress everyone that we end up loosing sight of what really matters. What Emerson is trying to tell us is that, If we want to make something of ourselves and be a man, we mustn’t be afraid of going against what society believes. We shouldn’t be afraid to stand out and let our voices be heard. Don’t think about what everyone else is doing, think about yourself. You’re not going to be selfish for doing what you want to do. You get to chose the life you want to live, don’t live behind someone else’s shadow. As you get older, you start to realize that you can’t please everyone, and that isn’t a bad thing.
Lines from the Great Thinkers
“Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, Is our destined end or way; But act, that each tomorrow Find us farther than today.” This line written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is found in the third stanza of “Psalm of Life”. I feel that this line is very important in my life right now. I think that I need to start focusing less on the sorrows and enjoyments of my life, and I need to start focusing on looking forward and learning as mush as I can. I need to try my hardest to improve everyday and I can’t dwell on the mistakes I have made. I also think this line should be an inspiration for others to follow as well. This is a time in my life and other students my age are trying to decide what to do next in life. We need to concentrate more on the future than the here and now. Once we make the goal of what we want our future to be, then we need to focus on the little steps that take us to where we want to go. I believe that we do not stay in one place. We are constantly either progressing or falling backward. If we strive each day to progress just a little farther than the day before then we are going to get where we want to be. I also believe that it doesn’t really matter where we are on the path of life, only which direction that we are heading.
The line I have chosen for my post is from the poem “Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The quote says, “Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant! Let the dead Past bury its dead! Act, – act in the living Present!” I think that many people can use this quote in their day to day lives, especially me and other people my age. The reasoning behind this is because the line is telling us not to rely on one future, because things might not pan out. You may have to change your plans. It also tells us not to dwell on the past or on the future too much, even if you think it is pleasant. Longfellow tells us to live for now, but do not take this the wrong way, he is not telling us to be reckless or completely disregard our future and our past. He simply says to put most of your focus on what you can do, and what you can accomplish today. Don’t put it off, just do it! I think myself and many other high school student can follow this advice, and not put off doing their homework, or applying for colleges until it is too late. Do what you can today, and do even better tomorrow. Longfellow also states to move on from our past, and do better than before. Each day work hard and someday you will be great, and actually accomplish great things. Immediately after this line Longfellow tells us that when we do “depart” or die, we can still leave a legacy behind us of all the things that we have done so as not to be forgotten, and perhaps you can inspire others with those footprints too. I really like this poem because it most definitely is an inspiring poem, and it does not conform as others do. He goes against others saying life isn’t really much, and says that life is real and earnest. This is by far one of my favorite poems we have gone over in class so far.
I chose the line, “His chamber in the silent halls of death”. I chose this line from Thanatopsis because I liked what it had to stand for in the play. This line to me means that you should not be scared of death and when you die it will be peaceful, you’ll just be a part of nature and eventually decompose and maybe come back a beautiful plant.The main thing that this could show people is to not not be worried about death and live life to the fullest because if you don’t you will be not have a peace full death you will be scared that you didn’t live life to it’s fullest and you will always be looking over your shoulder. The line that I chose sounds sort of scary and dark but if you really think about it it’s actually peaceful and it’s pretty much saying that your peaceful and alone.
The writer I chose was William Cullen Bryant with the quote “So live that thy summons comes to join….to the mysterious realm.” This quote really speaks to me because there are times in live where we don’t remember to just live life. We go through life going to school and then we start working. In between we often get caught up in all the drama and get busy with school and work. To the point where we don’t live life and explore what is out there. We get up everyday get dress and go to school or work and some people do this till the day they die. If everyone read this poem they would think about the whole poem and how he talks about death. How he explains what death really means and then tells you to forget about death and to just live your life to the fullest. Live your life to the point where you look back and are happy with all the things you have done. Theres nothing more to life then exploring everything on earth. There is heartbreak, hardship, sadness, depression, anxiety and many more things that can stop people for going out and enjoying life when they should be. It takes time for everyone to see that the fun and adventure isn’t going to come to them but they have to go to it. So this quote opens my eyes to see that we need to do more than just school and work, that we need to live life and go on adventure. That school, work and kids isn’t just what we are meant to be one this earth. Travel, explore go somewhere you have never been. Try something new, eat something you’ve never heard of, as long as your happy thats all that matter. Make sure you’re having the time of your life so you don’t die and regret it. Leave an imprint one many peoples live so that when they look back they think of you and say “wow I miss hanging out with them, wet used to have so much fun.” that is what life is about not just school and work.
The line that has the most personal value to me right now is a line from Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I chose, “Trust thyself: every heart vibrated to that iron string.” This line is found in the first line of paragraph two. This poem in general has taught me a lot of values in life and has made me realize that I need to change things about myself and stop trying to try to change other people. This line stood out to me the most, probably because it has become relevant in my life and I know that if I remember it, I will be happier in life. Emerson is telling you that if you trust yourself, then you can truly be content in whatever you do or wherever you go in life. In current society everyone cares too much about what other people think and what other peoples opinions are of you. You shouldn’t base your actions and feelings on how others judge you. How you feel about yourself should come from somewhere within and not from the interpretations of others. I personally have a problem with trusting and loving who I am. I always second guess the actions and decisions I make, when I need to make a decision I always ask for a second opinion on things. Even when its a personal thing I still ask someone what they think I should do. I care about what people think of my appearance too. I make my friends rate me on a scale of 1-10 on how good I look, yes I know it’s bad. I value this line because if I continue to tell myself that I need to trust myself then I will start becoming successful. I will remember that I need to become my own person who shouldn’t care what others think about me. This line is a constant reminder that it’s okay to be a little different, if I start seeing the potential I have other people will too. All anyone wants in life is to be accepted, if you accept yourself nobody else’s opinion matters.