Whitman’s poems To a Stranger and These, I Singing in Spring both talk about a lost love that is being remembered by the narrator. They give details on their joyful memories with their loved one and hope that they would meet them again in the future . A sad tone can be heard in the narrator’s voice in To A stranger when he says “I am not to speak to you-I am to think of you when I sit alone or wake at night alone.
“Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you, You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking, (it comes to me, as of a dream,) I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you,”Judging from these lines , the passing stranger reminded the narrator of a loved one and she wishes she knew who the stranger was.
Just like t To a Stranger , the poem These, I Singing in Spring welcomes us to a world of loss and sadness . The setting of the poem is in the garden were the author talks about his dead friends . He uses imagery to describe the good times he had with his friends.
“They, the spirits of dear friends, dead or alive—thicker they come, a great crowd, and I in the middle”.The people in the garden reminds him of his dead friends and he refuses to forget about them Though they might be dead, their memories will continue to live with him