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Analysis and comments on To You. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 22 of 552, 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 552, 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 552, 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 552, 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
Comment 18 of 552, added on April 26th, 2005 at 1:15 PM.

I thought it was very short an it could of said more I really wasnt feeling
it and it made me wonder is that it so i would of prefured it to tell more

Steve from United States
Comment 17 of 552, added on April 19th, 2005 at 6:18 PM.

I thought it was cunning and funny... I liked this one. Human nature and
the like...

Addy from United States
Comment 16 of 552, added on March 21st, 2005 at 7:15 PM.

This Poem Expresses STRANGER To Much... Someone IM Me at Rhswarrior32 if
You Intrested IN Talking...

Zach Downey from United States
Comment 15 of 552, added on March 20th, 2005 at 9:27 PM.

Perhaps Walt was not being poetic ,he was writing from life ,his life
,about people whom he wished he spoke to ,desired to know their thoughts
,feelings, but was to reserved to speek up ,he could only do it from words
on paper ,so many of us miss oportunities ,to find soul mates ,true friends
,questions left unanswered , so we hide behind email ,letters , stories
,why because we are all afraid to let people in ,we protect ourselves and
keep our circle small when ,if we tried to reach out take the chance we
just might find what we need empathy compassion fellow feeling. I try to
never miss speaking to a stranger who wants to talk ,on a bus ,plane ,train
, people are people we love to talk .Walt watched ,listened, learned no one
is a stranger if only we would reach out and start the conversation .It is
a poem and its not did you hear what Walt, the stranger had to say ??? So
stranger how are you lets be friends ....

Bruce from United States
Comment 14 of 552, added on March 14th, 2005 at 8:21 PM.

I think that this poem shows more of Walt Whitman's short poetry that later
inspored poets like James Morrison or Lawerance Ferrlingetti. He simple yet
so complex and it is like what i always say "weare all just looking divers
in their windows". Which like all poetry is not suppose to mean anything
but mean so much.

Joshua Waterbury from United States
Comment 13 of 552, added on March 14th, 2005 at 8:52 AM.

If we lived in fear of being rejected the world would be boring - a
"stranger is just a friend you do not know"! How do you know he/she does
not have the urge to talk to you - is only waiting for who breaks the ice!

olivia m. birigenda from Uganda

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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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