Animals | Walt Whitman | Poem 7 | Class X | English | Summary |
This poet revolves around the animals which are considered better than humans in all the aspects by the poet. Walt Whitman believes that humans have lost all the values which he possessed once. But, on the other hand, animals have the same values. Therefore, he loves living among animals but not humans.
In the first stanza, the poet wishes if he could live with animals. He finds them just, placid and innocent. He feels like looking at them for they are much better than human beings. According to him, human beings are full of flaws whereas animals are gullible and loyal. They live naturally among others without being selfish and self-centered.
In the second stanza, the poet compares and contrast animals with human beings. According to him, animals never complain to their conditions as humans do. They eat and sleep peacefully without making any complaints as humans do. Besides, he finds animals better than humans for they do not regret their past weeping for their sins. According to him, animals are pure souls which never pray to God for their sins. They just live and let others live, the poet suggests.
In the third stanza, the poet highlights more qualities of the animals. According to him, none of the animal is dissatisfied with his life. Moreover, they don’t have a mad race of owning more and more materialistic things like humans which never ends. They never kneel down to others for the sake of pleasures and benefits. All of them are equal so, there is no race among them according to the poet.
In the last stanza, the poet heaps showers of goodness over animals. According to him, he is deeply attached with all the animals for they possess all the qualities which humans once did. He condemns humans who have lost all virtues and engaged themselves in mad race of collecting things which do not matter. Humans should learn those virtues and many other things from animals, the poet suggests.
- Repetition: I stand and look at them long and long
- Alliteration: They do not make me sick, I wonder where they get these tokens.
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