While Herman Melville is best known for his epic novel Moby-Dick, in 1861 the American Civil War began. Melville had years of experience sailing on whaling ships and immediately went to enlist in the Navy. He was chagrined when he was turned down for health reasons. He would be forced to sit out this important war. So, instead, he turned to recording his thoughts on it in poetry.
Poet Tim Kavi delivers this essay as a brief discussion of Whitman juxtaposed with one of his most famous poems,"I Sing the Body Electric." This ebook essay should be of interest to Walt Whitman fans, students, and poetry readers (using it as a resource and Study Guide for Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric."