This week we explored the works of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman- the Mother and Father of American poetry.
I was especially drawn to Whitman’s `free style’ approach to poetry. Whitman was a humanist and was part of the move between transcendentalism and realism, often including both in his work.
I first became aware of Whitman when his poem `O Captain! My Captain’ was featured in the Robin Williams film `Dead Poets Society’. I was 15 when the movie came out and the end scene is still my all time favourite from any film.
Our task this week is to write a poem in the style of Whitman beginning with one of his poems opening lines. I have chosen: “I think I could turn and live with animals…” from `Song of Myself’.
I think I could turn and live with animals
and leave the human race behind.
The city is paved with gold but i have something more valuable to find.
At my window, late at night, I see my future far away.
Come with me to the place where the animals play.
Where the grass is tall, we’ll be free among the trees.
Many miles we will travel to howl at the moon.
Under the stars we can be reborn, rise up from the ground and
surrender our hearts to the wind.
We will be unbroken and stay wild forever.