afro asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 10 years ago

What does this Whitman Quote mean?

"O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;

Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the foolish;


That you are here--that life exists, and identity;

That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse."

I'm doing a monolouge from Dead Poets Society, and though I do have a basic understanding of the quote I was wondering if anyone could flesh it out a little for me.

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  • Nick
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    10 years ago
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    What I understand him to be saying is:

    He is addressing himself and his life. He sees foolishness and emptiness all around him in others but more so in himself. Then he asks whether amongst all of this there is still something alive and creative that can "contribute a verse". Maybe he is addressing a deeper part of himself or his muse. He wants to transcend the drudgery and reconnect with what is vital.

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