ENGL 1102; MW 1pm
24 April 2013
“To a Locomotive in Winter”
In Walt Whitman’s, “To a Locomotive in Winter”, you can recognize the tone that the author produces by using images and words. The tone is serious and the author is surprised about the train. The author creates the image of reverence, beauty, strength and power to show how he admired the train. He uses precise descriptions such as “Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel, Thy ponderous side bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides” (4-5) to create a beautiful image of the poem. He uses something such as transportation and makes it into a machine one should marvel over when he says, “Thy great protruding headlight fix’d in front, Thy, long pale, floating, vapor-pennants, tinged with delicate purple” (7-8). Although he goes in depth on how awesome the train is, he ignites us with the images of strength and power with words such as, “Thy madly-whistled laughter, echoing, rumbling like an earthquake, rousing all” (20) and Fierce-throated beauty. (18). Using a simile, he compares the trains whistle to the rumble of an earthquake. Consequently, I personally find this poem very interesting for numerous reasons. He conveys such a beautiful image. The image is clear enough for us to all sit and visualize while reading it. The description he uses makes us feel like we are in the presence of his locomotive. He starts off the beginnings of the stanzas using terms as “thee” and “thy”, he is basically glorifying the train, trying to get us to understand that this train he’s been describing deserves to be praised by not only himself, but to his readers. This is one of the poems that I can actually read and understand every stanza. The poem is actually a visual aid planted in our head for us to see as we read, how he breaks down the looks of the train. Moreover, a poetry analysis states that: In this poem, looking at Whitman's words,...
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