The Spotted Hawk Swoops By by Walk Whitman Ryan and Kat Summary • A man sits around as he ponders and stares into space. A hawk flies by and criticizes about his idle loitering. • The man says that he is like the hawk, just as free and untamed. • He feels that the wind and the ground has taken him in and fused him within nature. He is one within the world. • No one will be able to recognize him in this state because he is only where few know to look. Sound Devices • Parallelism – “ I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable.” (Whitman 3) • Metaphor – “I effuse my flesh in eddies , and drift it in lacy gags” (Whitman 8) • Alliteration – “Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged” (Whitman 14) • Symbolism – The speaker symbolizes all of humanity. He is one with all and all are one with him. Imagery • “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love” (Whitman 9) This uses strong visual imagery to help you imagine him fusing into nature. • “I sound by barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world” (Whitman 3) This imagery appeals to the sense of hearing, so that actions become more vivid.