Create a 5 pages page paper that discusses walt whitmans lifetime is the book leaves of grass. These are the people who make the country. It is their hard work in their respective areas of interest which results in a prosperous America. The land is so vast and widespread, it consists of a variety of people who live their own different lives and yet all of them stand united for their country.
In his poem, Whitman makes sure to include the people of all genders and age groups. He mentions men and boys, women and girls, all of whom are busy with their own jobs. There is “the carpenter singing”, “the (ploughboy) on his way in the morning”, “the young wife at work” and “the girl sewing or washing” and they are all “singing what belongs to him or her and to none else” (Whitman 33). America is huge and consists of thousands of people who are different in their own way. Dividing them in such a manner only seems to give a sense of uniformity. It shows that no matter what the age and sex of the person, everyone is important because of the contributions that they make to the society. They are all responsible for the condition of the country for they are the ones who run it. Separately, they do their own jobs but put together, they help in the development of the country.
In particular, Whitman treats both the genders equally which is surprising considering the time period this poem was written in but this revolutionized thinking is one of the things that he is most known for. He writes about “the delicious singing of the mother”, singling out the occupation in particular because of the depth of its importance (Whitman 33). Some people may argue that the poem is about the working class and that a line about a mother should not have been included. Giving birth to a child and then bringing him up may not be an official employment but it is a much more important job for which the mothers are not even being paid.