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Walt Whitman: “A Passage to India” by Robin Ekiss

passage to india walt whitman

No mere doge of Venice now wedding the Adriatic, I see O year in you the vast terraqueous globe given and giving all, Europe to Asia, Africa join'd, and they to the New World, The lands, geographies, dancing before you, holding a festival garland, As brides and bridegrooms hand in hand. He connects the past with the present, the present with the future, with images of projection; the natural growth of the past into the present projects or propels the present into the future. Waitest not haply for us, somewhere there, the Comrade perfect? Swiftly I shrivel at the thought of God, At Nature and its wonders, Time and Space and Death, But that I, turning, call to thee, O soul, thou actual Me, And lo! Who bind it to us? Year at whose open'd, wide-flung door I sing! Who bind it to us? Gigantic, visionary, thyself a visionary, With majestic limbs and pious beaming eyes, Spreading around with every look of thine a golden world, Enhuing it with gorgeous hues. Although Whitman never travelled to India himself, his work certainly carries the spiritual load that ancient Indians created so many years ago. Fearless, for unknown shores, on waves of extasy to sail, Amid the wafting winds, thou pressing me to thee, I thee to me, O soul, Caroling free—singing our song of God, Chanting our chant of pleasant exploration.

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Passage to India

passage to india walt whitman

A good friend of , Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. He also identifies the failed attempt at friendship between Aziz and Fielding as a reinforcement of the perceived cultural distance between the Orient and the West. You too with joy I sing. Towers of fables immortal fashion'd from mortal dreams! His discovery of America was only a first step toward finding a shorter passage to India. Whitman struggled to support himself through most of his life. Centuries after thou art laid in thy grave, The shore thou foundest verifies thy dream! Not you alone, proud truths of the world! O soul, thou pleasest me--I thee; Sailing these seas, or on the hills, or waking in the night, Thoughts, silent thoughts, of Time, and Space, and Death, like waters flowing, 190 Bear me, indeed, as through the regions infinite, Whose air I breathe, whose ripples hear--lave me all over; Bathe me, O God, in thee--mounting to thee, I and my soul to range in range of thee. Of you, O waters of the sea! Moore returns to the British club down the road and relates her experience at the mosque.

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Walt Whitman: “A Passage to India” by Robin Ekiss

passage to india walt whitman

Yet the poem does not convey the gritty physical realities of the early poems. Greater than stars or suns, Bounding, O soul, thou journeyest forth; —What love, than thine and ours could wider amplify? Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough? And who art thou, sad shade? Are they not all the seas of God? Along all history, down the slopes, As a rivulet running, sinking now, and now again to the surface rising, A ceaseless thought, a varied train—lo, soul, to thee, thy sight, they rise, The plans, the voyages again, the expeditions; Again Vasco de Gama sails forth, Again the knowledge gain'd, the mariner's compass, Lands found and nations born, thou born America, For purpose vast, man's long probation fill'd, Thou rondure of the world at last accomplish'd. Aziz promises to take Mrs. With laugh, and many a kiss, Let others deprecate—let others weep for sin, remorse, humiliation; O soul, thou pleasest me—I thee. Centuries after thou art laid in thy grave, The shore thou foundest verifies thy dream! California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India.

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passage to india walt whitman

Won't you help support DayPoems? Have we not stood here like trees in the ground long enough? Year of the marriage of continents, climates and oceans! In Columbus, Erkkila argues, Whitman found his ideal merger of the explorer of the physical world and the religious prophet whose dream of reaching India had been achieved through the creation of an industrialized nation. In his general survey of history, Whitman seems to encompass all time. Lo, soul, seest thou not God's purpose from the first? Eclaircise the myths Asiatic—the primitive fables. We too take ship, O soul! The earth to be spann’d, connected by net-work, The people to become brothers and sisters, The races, neighbors, to marry and be given in marriage, The oceans to be cross’d, the distant brought near, The lands to be welded together. Archived from on 8 January 2015.

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POEM: PASSAGE TO INDIA BY WALT WHITMAN

passage to india walt whitman

What is this separate Nature, so unnatural? We too take ship, O soul! Who justify these restless explorations? Sail forth— steer for the deep waters only, Reckless O soul, exploring, I with thee, and thou with me, For we are bound where mariner has not yet dared to go, And we will risk the ship, ourselves and all. Passage to you, to mastership of you, ye strangling problems! Its followers believe that obtaining valid knowledge the four sources of which are perception, inference, comparison and testimony is the only way to gain release from suffering. Greater than stars or suns, Bounding O soul thou journeyest forth; What love than thine and ours could wider amplify? He takes the case for political reasons and becomes disgusted when the case evaporates in court. Passage to more than India! Nevertheless, he is more tolerant of Indians than most Britons, and he is on friendly terms with Fielding. Although he is vindicated, Aziz is angry that Fielding befriended Adela after she nearly ruined his life. O you fables spurning the known, eluding the hold of the known, mounting to heaven! They are stunned when Fielding proclaims his belief in Aziz's innocence.

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Walt Whitman: Passage to India

passage to india walt whitman

The deep diving bibles and legends; The daring plots of the poets—the elder religions; —O you temples fairer than lilies, pour’d over by the rising sun! The poet here identifies time with space and merges them in the realm of the spirit. The astika systems respect the ancient Vedas the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism as their source and scriptural authority, whereas the nastika systems of Jainism, Buddhism, and Lokayata, reject Vedic thought, literally meaning not astika. More recent critiques by postcolonial theorists and literary critics have reinvestigated the text as a work of Orientalist fiction contributing to a discourse on colonial relationships by a European. Alternate light and day, and the teeming, spiritual darkness; Unspeakable, high processions of sun and moon, and countless stars, above;Below, the manifold grass and waters, animals, mountains, trees; With inscrutable purpose—some hidden, prophetic intention; Now, first, it seems, my thought begins to span thee. She has a vision of the cave, and it turns out that Adela had, while in the cave, received a shock similar to Mrs.

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Passage to India by Walt Whitman

passage to india walt whitman

Section 4 Passage to India! Gigantic, visionary, thyself a visionary, With majestic limbs, and pious, beaming eyes, 150 Spreading around, with every look of thine, a golden world, Enhuing it with gorgeous hues. Fielding and Godbole were supposed to accompany the expedition, but they miss the train. Nawab Bahadur The chief Indian gentleman in Chandrapore, a Muslim. With laugh, and many a kiss, Let others deprecate, let others weep for sin, remorse, humiliation, O soul, thou pleasest me, I thee. Who bind it to us? Light of the light—shedding forth universes—thou centre of them! The inability of the two men to begin a meaningful friendship is indicative of what Said suggests is the irreconcilable otherness of the Orient, something that has originated from the West and also limits Western readers in how they understand the Orient. Both poems echo each other. O Soul, voyagest thou indeed on voyages like these? A worship new I sing, You captains, voyagers, explorers, yours, You engineers, you architects, machinists, yours, You, not for trade or transportation only, But in God's name, and for thy sake O soul.

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Passage to India by Walt Whitman

passage to india walt whitman

What is this Earth, to our affections? Reckoning ahead O soul, when thou, the time achiev'd, The seas all cross'd, weather'd the capes, the voyage done, Surrounded, copest, frontest God, yieldest, the aim attain'd, As fill'd with friendship, love complete, the Elder Brother found, The Younger melts in fondness in his arms. In this poem, Whitman explores the idea of his soul carrying on after his mortal death. O we can wait no longer! Whitman's brand of mysticism was Western at its core, embracing the physical world as a vehicle to the spiritual. Year of the marriage of continents, climates and oceans! For what is the present, after all, but a growth out of the past? The poet will assuage such doubts by showing that the world is not disjoined and diffuse, but integrated and whole. You, strew'd with the wrecks of skeletons, that, living, never reach'd you.

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Passage to India. poem

passage to india walt whitman

Ah who shall soothe these feverish children? For what is the present, after all, but a growth out of the past? Not you alone, proud truths of the world! But Forster's novel asks us to question the motives behind such a passage, particularly if it entails subjecting entire peoples to the rule of a foreign power. Religion becomes a poetic device, subject to his artistic hand. He sees India as a mysterious and fabled place that once visited, will allow a rejuvenation of his soul. After explaining to Fielding that the echo was the cause of the whole business, she departs India, never to return. Of you, O woods and fields! Disconsolate, Aziz walks down the road toward the railway station.

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