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Comparison of the Poems "I Hear America Singing," "Second Attempt Crossing" and "Harlem"
Occasionally, poems are used to express powerful emotional occurrences. The speaker of
a poem illustrates his approach towards the subject matter always regarded as the mood of the
poem. The speaker's experiences have therefore used a bridge that connects the reader and the
poem thus illustrating the nature of its experience. This paper compares and contrasts the speakers'
experiences of America in the poems “Second Attempt Crossing” by Javier Zamora, “I Hear
America Singing” by Walt Whitman and “Harlem” by Langston Hughes. The paper also focuses
on how figurative language, diction and the structure of these poems can be used in describing the
experience that the poet portrays.
In the poem “Second Attempt Crossing” by Javier Zamora, the speaker paints a picture of
the southwestern background that is full of terms which illustrate nature (Reimann 24). Zamora
shows how they get to the middle of a desert that is not productive and has sand. The author paints
the picture of a desert that is engulfed by coyotes, acacias, and whiptails. The poem does not start
in a wicked sense, as many would expect from its title which most possibly refers to crossing into
the America border which is full of peril and danger. Instead, Zamora places the reader amongst
beauty, affirming it by repeating the words "in the middle of those" and "in the middle of that." A
natural scene in the poem follows each of these first expressions. Zamora further paints the natural
American experience in the second stanza, showing how birds and cactuses reside in the land. The
speaker indicates that the American nation is not an inhabitable desert. The concurrence of this
reassurance as well as its authenticity stands out depressingly. The line is grammatically connected
to the poem and changes from natural phenomena towards Chino who is the subject of the narrator
in the poetry despite structurally connecting it to the imagery of nature.
On the contrary, the speaker in the poem “I Hear America Singing” by Walt Whitman
introduces an entirely different ...
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