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Walt Whitman - Unfolded Out of the Folds.

UNFOLDED out of the folds of the woman, man comes unfolded, and is always to
	come unfolded; 
Unfolded only out of the superbest woman of the earth, is to come the superbest
	man of the earth; 
Unfolded out of the friendliest woman, is to come the friendliest man; 
Unfolded only out of the perfect body of a woman, can a man be form’d of
	perfect body; 
Unfolded only out of the inimitable poem of the woman, can come the poems of
	man—(only thence have my poems come;)
Unfolded out of the strong and arrogant woman I love, only thence can appear the
	strong and arrogant man I love; 
Unfolded by brawny embraces from the well-muscled woman I love, only thence come
	the brawny embraces of the man; 
Unfolded out of the folds of the woman’s brain, come all the folds of the
	man’s brain, duly obedient; 
Unfolded out of the justice of the woman, all justice is unfolded; 
Unfolded out of the sympathy of the woman is all sympathy:
A man is a great thing upon the earth, and through eternity—but every jot
	of the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman, 
First the man is shaped in the woman, he can then be shaped in himself.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 12. Unfolded Out of the Folds.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 1. Inscriptions
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 6 of 6, added on December 19th, 2008 at 2:48 AM.

Unfolded Out of the Folds . . . very literal to my mind. Birthed from woman, comes the human family, comes continuation of the races of the earth. Walt, how can I honor you?

Raquel from United States
Comment 5 of 6, added on April 3rd, 2007 at 12:20 PM.

This poem contains a very sophisticated tone on the ideas of opening the human mind.

daralynn from Canada
Comment 4 of 6, added on April 3rd, 2007 at 12:16 PM.

Walt took a different perspective for this poem, it was a real great read.

jesse roy from Canada

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