Nationalism in "One Song, America, Before I Go" Poem Review by tony22279

Nationalism in "One Song, America, Before I Go"
An analysis of the theme of nationalism in Walt Whitman's poem "One Song, America, Before I Go".
# 128535 | 722 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Jul 27, 2010 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper briefly discusses how throughout Walt Whitman's "One Song, America, Before I Go", various poetic elements evoke his patriotism and desire for America to prosper. The paper examines how through the use of symbolism and figurative language, Whitman demonstrates tremendous pride in his nationalism. In addition, the paper looks at how Whitman expresses an extreme desire to guide his country with his knowledge and ideas and how he most effectively demonstrates his nationalistic and patriotic feelings.

From the Paper:

"Symbolically, the concept of singing a song for America helps to convey his message in many ways. For example, the idea that he has a song that he wants to sing communicates the idea that he has a plan for America. Much like an architect would draw the design of a plan he envisions, Whitman wants to construct his design or plan in the form of a song. Then, in the second line, he sets a joyous, almost triumphant tone by describing his "song" as "...o'er all the rest, with trumpet sound." With this, Whitman declares that he believes America to be triumphant above other nations because his song will be heard above all others. Furthermore, the "trumpet sound" carries a very thick connotation of boastful music and even nationalism as a trumpet creates boisterous tunes and is used in many typical patriotic songs. "

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