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Analysis and comments on Here the Frailest Leaves of Me. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 3 of 51, added on March 15th, 2009 at 2:16 AM.

Whitman’s brief poem, Here the Frailest Leaves of Me (only 3 lines) is a
powerful yet simple verse. The poem is ironic to the core as the poet
describes his own words as both “frailest leaves” and “strongest lasting.”
He even refers to the poem as a poem in the poem. He “exposes” the fact
that, by not revealing any of his thoughts in the poem, he is, in fact,
revealing “me more than all my other poems.” So what is the poet
revealing?
Initially I thought that he is trying to tell the reader that he is a man
who veils himself, a man who hides his true thoughts and identity. I think
he may have lived behind a mask, and did not allow anyone to come beyond
his public facade. This is a tough admission for someone who lived such a
public life. This poem was written five years after his much-acclaimed
first edition of Leaves of Grass, and still thirty years before his death.

Or was Whitman saying something else? Was he trying to say that he is a
man who creates just the kind of identity that I’ve analyzed above? Could
he be “exposing” himself as one who truly speaks plainly about himself? Is
he trying to make a commentary, then, about everyone else? I do wonder, as
both problems are timeless and unceasing.


Trevor Maitland from United States
Comment 2 of 51, added on September 11th, 2005 at 8:02 AM.

I found this poem to be about love.
Love is our weakest emotion and yet our strongest. We hide behind love.
We also look for love to protect us. When we're in love it shines through
us.

robin from United States

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Information about Here the Frailest Leaves of Me.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 24. Here the Frailest Leaves of Me.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 3. Calamus
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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