In regards to the poem "When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman, answer the questions below:
What is it that makes the speaker "tired and sick" ?
Explain how "gliding" and wandered off are contrasted to the astronomer's lecture. How is the phrase "from time to time" a denial of validity of the scientific approach to the universe? What attitude I expressed by the speaker's "perfect silence" ?
Both Whitman and Cummings present emotional objections to science and scientific attempts to explain nature. How are these poets different in tone?
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I interpret what makes the speaker "tired and sick" (5) as the speaker's boredom and "unaccountable," passive nature as a learner while being subjected to lectures: When I heard the Learn'd astronomer
"When the proofs, the figures , were ranged in columns
when I was shown the chairs and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them ,
when I was sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured
with much ...
"When I heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman is briefly explicated. Textual evidence is used.