The book Leaves of Grass was written by an American poet, Walt Whitman. The book has a collection of poems which are sectioned in themes. Walt Whitman spends his whole life writing this book until some months to his demise in 1891. In the whole book, the poems are not arranged chronology which seems intentional. However, he was mostly concerned with the poetry trend. Psychology, sociology, and gender are few of the themes portrayed in the book’s poems. However, it can be proposed that gender has been portrayed in liberal mode by Walt.
Same-sex love is somewhat pronounced in the poem entitled Calamus which is being seen as having controversy due to its theme of intense autoerotic as well as the theme of homosexuality. Thereby talking of man to man relationship. This is clearly seen where Walt Whitman is highly concerned with the feeling that a man has for another fellow man. This has been clearly termed as the “manly love” in the poem by Walt Whitman. Here, by this, the poet is trying to show that the feeling or the love has exceeded the brotherly love and thus the sexual love itself. However, he believes that this relationship is not complete unless all the other friendship properties are taken into account. Additionally, Walt Whitman says that this love properties consideration is the only key to understanding the person’s inner person and thus the description of a distinguished being.
Whitman, in Leaves of Grass, seeks to portray the equable between gender as well as treatment of democracy. This has been clearly shown in his writing where he has stated that “I am the poet of the woman the same as the man. Additionally, he states that “And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man (Whitman 67). Throughout the book, Walt Whitman calls for gender equable and democracy. Additionally, he calls for more consideration which is termed as a developed as well as a critical one. Moreover, he points some approaches in assistance to that. He starts with the acknowledge (Whitman 68). However, this seeks to reduce women to types where they are being seen to be either prostitute or other. That is an indication of negativity or positivity respectively (Whitman 56). Another approach pointed out is his democracy assert equality in relation to his verse women depiction.
The book gives a series of how pleasure or rather delights from a young man to anther as well as how young women delight in young men. Moreover, the speaker turns to a young woman as well as a young man. This brings out the concept of the loving and those loved. This helps in achieving what Cixous points as “vatic sexuality,” a fact termed as “double-sexed vision” is being discussed. The poet seeks to how it does not only points out the desire of women but how it merges with it. The forbidden instantly turns possible looking into the insight of vatic of the poet who seems watching while taking note. By “Where are you off to, lady? For I see you, / Yo splash in the water there, yet stay stock still in your room”. Cixous extract that in such a type of exchange, “what take place is an endless circulation of desire from one body to another” (Whitman 89). This means that the so termed as “circulation of desire from boy to another ” is obviously occurring between the speaker and the woman. Thus the speaker is sensing the woman’s desire. The speakers also bring out a concept that the way young men “do not know” who “seizes fast to them,” also the same case applies to the young woman who hardly realizes “I” the speaker has already “seizes fast” (Whitman 89). However, it is not seizing to her body but rather to her desire (Whitman 90).
This shows that gender has really intensified the essence of the book as far as theme is concerned. It has a pronounced effect and thus its portrayal has played a great deal.