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Analysis and comments on To You. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 31 of 541, added on October 28th, 2005 at 4:35 AM.

He's absolutely right! The next time I want to talk to someone I don't know
but be afraid, I will remember this poem and just do it!!

Judith from Germany
Comment 30 of 541, added on October 21st, 2005 at 10:01 AM.

this poem show us how lonely we are and how hard is to break comunication's
just because we had received restricts instructions obout the strangers
since we were kids...we could start to change it? In the name of love...

vera lucia landioso from Brazil
Comment 29 of 541, added on October 13th, 2005 at 5:55 PM.

Really, how do you get out homosexuality from all of, what, three lines?
This poem is basically urging us to break free of our personal restrictions
and do things we may not normally do, like talk to strangers.

Phyllis from United States
Comment 28 of 541, added on October 5th, 2005 at 8:15 AM.

How on earth did you get homosexuality out of that three line poem? Though
great poetry often holds deeper meanings, this doesn't go that deep. Also
comments shouldn't just be a string of words you get from the dictionary
and have absolutely no idea what they mean!

Annabelle Lee Poe from Bulgaria
Comment 27 of 541, added on September 13th, 2005 at 1:04 PM.

I am going to put this in the hallway at the school I work for and I hope
the children get something from it.

Blair from United Kingdom
Comment 26 of 541, added on August 30th, 2005 at 10:23 AM.

how sweet, how poingnant, how impacting are the undertones in this poem. i
feel that it atests strongly to the lack of acceptance, tolerance, humility
that the american society possesses WHEN presented WITH OTHERS, HUMAN

jj from United States
Comment 25 of 541, added on July 13th, 2005 at 5:47 AM.

how depressing those few lines have made me feel. we live in one world yet
a millon at the same time, so many fears and yet our potential of
communicating with each other far ecceeds these fears. it deeply saddens me
as im sure everyone has experienced this feeling that we have been
condtioned into by our society.

kimbely from United Kingdom
Comment 24 of 541, added on July 8th, 2005 at 12:18 AM.

This poem is great, but few can fully comprehend its delicate undertones.
It is a poignant criticism of society. Whitman is tired of society pushing
its goads into his side. He WANTS to be gay. He thinks that he should be
able to love EVERYONE he meets. He wants no restrictions on his sexual

Sarah Farhda from United States
Comment 23 of 541, added on June 26th, 2005 at 11:42 PM.

this was an awesome poem, in those little lines it explains something that
we all go through the fear of talking to someone even though we want to.
I'm not into poetry but, I'm amazed by this poem.

ana from United States
Comment 22 of 541, added on June 6th, 2005 at 3:27 AM.

This poem, though not meant to be, made me sad. It brought the realization
of what this world is and always has been, we hide from and ignore the
unknown. Why do we all duck our heads down and casually pretend we weren't
noticing something positive about another? We all need to grow up and take
others feelings into consideration for once. Why not smile and say hi if
someone looks like they need it? Why are we all so scared of each other?
What harm could come from a friendly encounter?

Jaclyn from Canada

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 13. To You.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 1. Inscriptions
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jun 27 2014

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