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Walt Whitman - What think You I take my Pen in Hand?

WHAT think you I take my pen in hand to record? 
The battle-ship, perfect-modelíd, majestic, that I saw pass the offing to-day under full
The splendors of the past day? Or the splendor of the night that envelopes me? 
Or the vaunted glory and growth of the great city spread around me?óNo; 
But I record of two simple men I saw to-day, on the pier, in the midst of the crowd,
	parting of dear friends;
The one to remain hung on the otherís neck, and passionately kissíd him, 
While the one to depart, tightly prest the one to remain in his arms.

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 26. What think You I take my Pen in Hand?
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 3. Calamus
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Feb 23 2004

Comment 1 of 1, added on April 16th, 2007 at 8:35 AM.

i beleive in all honesty that this poem is not very clear in its purpose and shows a definant under appreciation for real life events and how they effect society. I am not a poetry buff though i do understand that this poem has been a waste of my time and effort to read.

fred from Australia

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