Letter to Walt Whitman~

Dear Walt Whitman,

This is my first time writing to you and thus, before I get to the main point, I would first introduce myself. My name is Jack and I am just like any other ordinary fourteen-year-old kid living on a tiny island somewhere in Asia. Just so you know, I am writing to you from the 21th century. I do not know how, but I am sure or rather, I hope that this letter would be able to go back in time. I do not want to bore you and so, I would now begin.

You will really be please to hear that your poem from the 19th century is still very popular in the 21th century. It surprises me that right now in the 21th century, the modern era, many people who are not as Romantic as the people back in the romantic period still appreciate poems on Romanticism. Just last week, I read a poem, which was said to be one of your best. That poem is “Song of Myself”. There are no words in the dictionary that is able to describe my feelings on how much I enjoyed it. The poem is just so beautiful. “Song of Myself” was extremely successful in transporting me into a whole new world. A world is so pure and white.

In “Song of Myself”, I really like the way you said that everyone is equal. The phrase “For every atom belonging to me, as good belongs to you” tells me that everybody is a part of each other. The next thing I really enjoyed and appreciate was the way you conveyed the message of “natural”. You used words and phrases such as “naked”, “A few light kisses” and “Always the procreant urge of the world”. The similar connections between these words and phrases are sexual love. There is a tinge of sexual connotation to it. Some people view sexual love as disgusting but they fail to see the fact that sex itself is natural. The fact that sex is natural allows me to relate back that all of us are human beings. All of us come from our mother’s womb and that to me is very natural.

In this modern society of mine, the 21th century, everything moves at a very fast pace. There is no time and space to find solitude. The saying “Time and tide waits for no man” is very true in the place I leave in. If one does not move fast enough, then the world for that person would collapse as moving fast if very essential. In this society I am living in, we have been thought that life is a race and if you don’t run fast, you would be trampled on. Once people overtake you, it is all over. Everything moves so fast so much so that sometimes we become lost in our world. Sometimes we even forget our very own existence! What do you think about this? Is this a bad thing? Should we, as natural beings find some peace to appreciate the world we are living in? I have so many questions for you but that is all I will ask. A letter cannot have endless of questions for it would never end. There must be a head and there must be a tail.

Your poem brings me back to Earth and I really want to thank you for that. Have you ever heard of William Blake? He is a very unique person. Not only does he write fabulous poems, he also does paintings to portray the message of his poems. He is influenced by gothic art. Just by looking at his paintings, one would be able to understand the inner meanings. One would be able to feel all kinds of emotions running through their veins.

By reading your poems, I am able to see the happenings taking place in my head. By looking at William Blake’s paintings, I am able to hear the poem ringing though my ears. It really amazes me how much poems and paintings when put together, gives you the ultimate of emotions. These emotions can only be felt but can never be explained.

I really want to thank you for taking time off to read this letter. I know you are a very busy person and I really appreciate it. I will continue reading your great works and will definitely write to you some time again.

Best Regards,

Jack.S

 

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