Trains and Nature in Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams
Both Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams are deeply interested in man’s interaction with nature in their poetry. Indeed, both poets were writing in America at the beginning and in the thick of the Industrial Revolution, and both men had to contend with America’s changing perspective on nature’s role in life. In his “To a Locomotive in Winter,” Whitman creates an energetic and stark image of the train, at odds with nature while also providing an immaculate perspective on modern…...
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