Autumn Rivulets: Summary and Analysis
There Was a Child Went Forth - Summary
The subject of Whitman’s poem is a child growing up. Everything that touches the child’s life is in some way absorbed or remembered by the child: any and all objects “became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day, / Or for many years or stretching cycles of years.” Whitman then goes on to list the variety of objects that influence this child and become a part of his identity: flowers, plants, animals, trees, people, landscapes, parents, family traditions, city streets, automobiles, boats, ocean waves, the sky, and the air. Each object in its own way makes an impression upon the young child, who will carry these impressions and experiences with him “every...
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