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Analysis and comments on To You. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 28 of 538, 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 538, 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 538, 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 538, 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 538, 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 538, 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 538, 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
Comment 21 of 538, added on May 20th, 2005 at 9:43 PM.

That's a very good question! You know, Walt, if i ever was to ever see
you, (where ever it might be) i would surely be inspired to speak to you.
And i will not be afraid to say hello to my neighbors, my brothers.

jess from United States
Comment 20 of 538, added on May 13th, 2005 at 10:34 AM.

Ah, how simple and how true! We are told growing up not to talk to
strangers, and here we are reading a poem we all love from an amazing poet,
telling us that we should not let go the opportunity to talk to people.
Everyone likes attention, right? And how much brighter would our day be if
we all just said "Hello" instead of walking by with a gloomy face? Such a
smile could change anyone's day...I know that from experiance! Who likes

Jen from Canada
Comment 19 of 538, added on April 26th, 2005 at 1:20 PM.

this poem was insperational. It makes you feel very different especially if
you're sad. It turns your frown upside down.

billy-bob from United Kingdom

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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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