Study Guide

As I Ebb'd With the Ocean of Life Tough-o-Meter

By Walt Whitman

Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea Level

It may have been written in the late 1800s, but the poem doesn't have too much archaic language. Whitman, being a big fan of accessible poetry, wanted his work to be readable by the common man. That, plus a distinct lack of complicated forms, makes this a relatively easy walk on the beach.

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