Animals Poem Summary, Explanation

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Animals Summary, Explanation

About the Poet
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is a major figure in early American poetry. He broke the tradition of rhymed and metrical poetry. He was famous for writing a revolutionary new kind of poetry which was in free verse. The poem ‘animals’ is from his work ‘Song of Myself’ in Leaves of grass.

Walt Whitman Animals Summary

Poet Name Walt Whitman
Born 31 May 1819, West Hills, New York, United States
Died 26 March 1892, Camden, New Jersey, United States
Poems Song of Myself, Leaves of Grass, Song of the Open Road
Awards Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration

Animals Summary of the Lesson

The poem ‘Animals’ is a very thought-provoking poem by the famous American poet, Walt Whitman. In this poem, the poet talks about his wishes to live in the company of animals.

Human follies like greed, violence, hypocrisy, dishonesty cunningness and cravings for owning things appear sickening to the poet.

He feels like living among the animals because they are placid and self-dependent. The poet finds animals peace-loving, non-complaining, non-committal and fully complacent. They neither grumble for their conditions nor cry for their sins.

They do not make the poet feel repulsive by discussing the duty to god. Unlike human beings, animals neither remain dissatisfied not suffer from any mania of collecting or owning materialistic things. They do not believe in kneeling before others or bemoaning for those who departed thousands of years before.

The poet finds them neither respectable not unhappy. Animals show their relationship with poet and he accepts. Along with these qualities, animals continue to possess the tokens of mutual love and harmonious relationship which make the poet wonder how the animals retained the qualities whereas the poet i.e. mankind negligently left them far behind.

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