posted by Franco on .
Do you happent to have a comment on this poem taken from Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass?"
We Two Boys Together Clinging
WE two boys together clinging,
One the other never leaving,
Up and down the roads going—North and South excursions making,
Power enjoying—elbows stretching—fingers clutching,
Arm’d and fearless—eating, drinking, sleeping, loving,
No law less than ourselves owning—sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening,
Misers, menials, priests alarming—air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the sea-beach dancing,
Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing,
Fulfilling our foray.
Can you help me rephrase it?
It talks about two boys staying close to each other (together clinging)and enjoying their being together.They hold their fingers tightly (fingers clutching?), they never stay apart from each other, they make excursions, enjoy the power of freedom. They are armed and have no fear. They eat, drink sleep and love each other. They own no laws less than themselves (how can you expkain it?) they sail, soldier (?), steal,breathe air, drink water and dance on the turf (?) or sea-beach. "Miser, menial, priests alarming??" They plunder cities, despise ease, mock laws, chase weakness (feebleness??) and fulfil their foray (their attack to get food??)