The Hidden Self Analytical Essay by Calwriter

The Hidden Self
An analysis of theme of the true self in the poetry of Matthew Arnold and Walt Whitman.
# 55114 | 2,125 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Jan 19, 2005 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how, of all the themes of poetry, the personal quest for a sense of a "true self" and authenticity, the essence of true being, is one of the most prevalent. In particular, it explores how much of the poetry of Matthew Arnold and Walt Whitman is an excellent example of this theme, specifically, in how the self, the world, and true reality of life is an immense struggle to behold. It analyzes the poems, "The Buried Life," "Are You The New Person, Drawn Toward Me?," "Ah, Poverties, Wincings, Sulking Retreats," and "In Paths Untrodden," which seem to show most clearly how both of these men sensed, searched for, and struggled to maintain a sense of self in the world.

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