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Analysis and comments on Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman

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Comment 14 of 54, added on November 15th, 2009 at 3:42 AM.

I think "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" is about how the soul of America is the
regular people, not the fat cats, and that Americans are tough and never
give up, marching on to uphold their morals and liberties. It's like a
rallying cry to remind the people of that. We carry on the work of our
ancestors, carry on the work that those who become weary can no longer
bear. It's a shame that we have become so complacent, it usually takes
something catastrophic to shake us back into the strong America we started
out as and make us appreciate our liberties more.

Julie from United States
Comment 13 of 54, added on November 12th, 2009 at 9:56 PM.

I feel that it promotes white male supremacy and it's need to conquer, it's
hunger for more and more dragging in the "minstrels in their prairies" and
mothers/women as if there must be a fight led against our fellow men -

L.J. Smith from United States
Comment 12 of 54, added on November 10th, 2009 at 10:03 AM.

I think this poem is about the youth of America and how they are trying to
figure out ways in life. You know how they say that teens and children are
the future of America? Same thing with pioneers. They discover new things
that some people never even thought of. In other words, Walt Whitman is
saying that today's young people, teens, and children are the pioneers of
tomorrow. He actually points them out in one stanza:
"So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship"

Shane from United States
Comment 11 of 54, added on November 6th, 2009 at 8:16 PM.

doesn't anyone think this poem has to do with youth finding their way in
the world? youth against the old? maybe i'm misled, but i think it's one
of the many hidden meanings

Sara from United States
Comment 10 of 54, added on November 2nd, 2009 at 2:42 AM.

Don't overlook his reference to the elder races. By this he meant the old,
moribund worlds of Europe as opposed to the young, strong, forward-thinking
energies of the US. Would he still consider us as pioneers? How would he
react to the modern conservation movement. "We the primeval forest felling,
..rivers stemming...piercing deep the mines within...the virgin soil
upheaving..." See also his lament in "Facing West From California's

Terry from United States
Comment 9 of 54, added on October 27th, 2009 at 12:48 AM.

I found it very interesting that after moving their last manufacturing
facility out of the US, the company Levi's has now started a TV commercial
quoting this poem (without acknowledgment to Walt Whitman of course). At
least it made me go learn about Mr. Whitman so it's not all bad.

Jim from United States
Comment 8 of 54, added on October 26th, 2009 at 3:06 AM.

Sorry, Bentley, it is you that is mistaken. It is true that Jean Rhys DID
write the similarly titled short story "Pioneers, Oh Pioneers" that was
included in her 1976 book of short stories titled "Sleep It Off, Lady".
However, the poem shown here was in fact, "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" and was
written by Walt Whitman. "Pioneers! O Pioneers!" was one of Whitman's most
celebrated poems and was included in his book, "Leaves of Grass", which was
first published in 1855.

Montie from United States
Comment 7 of 54, added on October 26th, 2009 at 12:19 AM.

This is not by Walt Whitman. It is by Jean Rhys.

Bentley from United States
Comment 6 of 54, added on October 19th, 2009 at 6:11 PM.

our forefathers have fought for nothing. we are a stagnant people learned
follow. the sons of liberty would be turning in their graves at the site of
our nations' people. tsk tsk

Josh T from United States
Comment 5 of 54, added on October 14th, 2009 at 2:22 PM.

This poem run's deeper then your college poetry bull****, or your march on
liberty. The truth is that you don't want to know. It run's deep enough
that it couldn't really be made into a movie and run's deep enough to
involve your soul. Im not playing. I figured it out. No, Im not a crazy
either. My best advice for you is to walk away from it before it's to

Anonymous from United States

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Information about Pioneers! O Pioneers!

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 2. Pioneers! O Pioneers!
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 10. Marches Now the War is Over
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Apr 29 2005

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