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Walt Whitman - Beginning my Studies.

BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much, 
The mere fact, consciousness—these forms—the power of motion, 
The least insect or animal—the senses—eyesight—love; 
The first step, I say, aw’d me and pleas’d me so much, 
I have hardly gone, and hardly wish’d to go, any farther,
But stop and loiter all the time, to sing it in extatic songs.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 8. Beginning my Studies.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 1. Inscriptions
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Jul 3 2005

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Comment 5 of 6, added on July 12th, 2010 at 11:45 AM.
Beginning My Studies

I believe this is Whitman explaining that moment in life when everything is new...maybe very young adolescence - when we are all students of the world. When everything amazes us...awes us. When I'm observing my 3 year old niece and how easily (yet very happily) amazed and awe she gets when learning something new, I am reminded of this poem. It's that time when happiness is staring at an ant on a flower and wondering what its doing.

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Comment 4 of 6, added on March 9th, 2008 at 9:15 PM.

Whitman is obviously estatic about an eye-opening event, a time in his life, (probably) when he discovered the beautyand majesty in and of LIFE

Michael Poh from United States

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