"To You" - Walt Whitman

Caroline C.

Mood of the Poem

The feeling that the audience feels when they read this poem is change. They feel like they should change the way they are in public and next to people. The poem has a good word choice, bold wording, and capitalization. The first word really jumps out at you, "STRANGER!" The poem is directly addressing you and telling you that this poem pertains to you. Next, the poem starts talking to you. "STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you

not speak to me?" It asks. The author gets his point out to you in a short and simple yet effective poem. The poem ends with a question. "And why should I not speak to you?" It leaves you with a powerful question to think about in the end. The reader should really feel changed and reflect after they read this poem.