Mother prepared breakfast—and other meals afterward—as usual; but not a mouthful was eaten all day by either of us. Whitman had for years admired and defended the president."I believe fully in Lincoln," he commented in an 1863 letter; "few know the rocks & quicksands he has to steer through" ( entry, "look'd very much worn and tired; the lines, indeed, of vast responsibilities, intricate questions, and demands of life and death, cut deeper than ever upon his dark brown face; yet all the old goodness, tenderness, sadness, and canny shrewdness, underneath the furrows.
The three major symbols of the elegy—lilac, star, and hermit thrush—had particular significance for Whitman.
In his lecture on Lincoln, delivered on a number of occasions from 1879 to 1890, Whitman recalled the day of the assassination. he never sings near the farm houses—never in the settlement / is the bird of the solemn primal woods & of Nature pure & holy" ( 6).
Historical considerations give way to universal significance.
The fact of assassination, for example, is not mentioned, for, while all people die, assassination is the fate of only a few.
"Lilacs" circles and turns back on itself, seeking direction until it finds rest in the concluding reconciliation; the pattern suggests the fluctuations of emotion rather than the strict progressions of logical development.
The structure of "Lilacs" has also been likened to music, with its use of themes and motifs recurring in isolation and set off against each other, but moving always toward a concluding harmony.
Any resident in a Public Housing unit has a rent that is determined by their income.
The Federal operating subsidy for each property offsets the portion of a resident's rent that is above what they can afford.
It never fails" ( entry dating from around the time of Lincoln's second inauguration, Whitman wrote, "Nor earth nor sky ever knew spectacles of superber beauty than some of the nights lately here. The thrush is of course also of nature, but in the poem it becomes more than merely natural.