Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 3rd, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 294,109 comments.
Walt Whitman - City Dead-House, The.

BY the City Dead-House, by the gate, 
As idly sauntering, wending my way from the clangor, 
I curious pause—for lo! an outcast form, a poor dead prostitute brought; 
Her corpse they deposit unclaim’d—it lies on the damp brick pavement; 
The divine woman, her body—I see the Body—I look on it alone,
That house once full of passion and beauty—all else I notice not; 
Nor stillness so cold, nor running water from faucet, nor odors morbific impress me; 
But the house alone—that wondrous house—that delicate fair house—that ruin!
    
That immortal house, more than all the rows of dwellings ever built! 
Or white-domed Capitol itself, with majestic figure surmounted—or all the old
    high-spired
	cathedrals;
That little house alone, more than them all—poor, desperate house! 
Fair, fearful wreck! tenement of a Soul! itself a Soul! 
Unclaim’d, avoided house! take one breath from my tremulous lips; 
Take one tear, dropt aside as I go, for thought of you, 
Dead house of love! house of madness and sin, crumbled! crush’d!
House of life—erewhile talking and laughing—but ah, poor house! dead, even then;
    
Months, years, an echoing, garnish’d house—but dead, dead, dead.

Share |

Added: Feb 7 2004 | Viewed: 799 times | Comments and analysis of City Dead-House, The. by Walt Whitman Comments (28)

City Dead-House, The. - Comments and Information

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 5. City Dead-House, The.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 5. The Answerer
Year: Published/Written in 1900
Poem of the Day: Feb 9 2006

Comment 28 of 28, added on April 7th, 2015 at 10:26 AM.
farMguOoSlTVHS

7zcs8p Hello my friend! I want to say that this article is amazing, nice written and include approximately all significant infos. I would like to see more posts like this.

crorkz from Paraguay
Comment 27 of 28, added on January 15th, 2015 at 9:25 PM.
SPKJbmadmBC

tv8ryc Well I sincerely enjoyed reading it. This article provided by you is very practical for accurate planning.

crorkz linkz from Lebanon
Comment 26 of 28, added on July 17th, 2014 at 1:50 PM.
syoBqqEpittPZOUVwb

6aicag Awesome blog post.Really thank you! Will read on...

crorkservice from Norway

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, City Dead-House, The., has received 28 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Whitman Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links