Support the Archive. The following roman-numbered "fair-copy" manuscripts from the University of Virginia's Valentine-Barrett collection have come to be known by the struck-through title "Live Oak, with Moss" rather than the alternate and remaining title "Calamus-Leaves. We provide this HTML transcription only temporarily. Eventually we will encode these pages in XML and incorporate them within our larger directory of Whitman's poetry manuscripts.
I Saw In Louisiana A Live-oak Growing Paper
Walt Whitman‘s Live Oak, With Moss: Summary & Analysis | SchoolWorkHelper
The poem is about a memory the persona has regarding a solitary oak tree in Louisiana. The persona speaks quite highly of the oak tree and, in a sense, almost envies the oak tree because the oak tree is able to be alone. Essentially, the persona in the poem is lonely and wishes they could be more like the oak tree they are so fond of. Repetition can be used to emphasize differences; moreover, it can stress the individuality of every person.
Walt Whitman‘s Live Oak, With Moss: Summary & Analysis
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Throughout the poem, Whitman incorporates an array of metaphors symbolic of love and the many characteristics associated with love. Dissimilar to mainstream poetry, Whitman introduces a friend-lover relationship between two men, describing the pain and happiness associated with their love. Introducing his love as a consuming burning flame, Whitman affectively gains the complete attention of the reader.