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

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Comment 10 of 50, 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 50, 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 50, 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 50, 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 50, 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 50, 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
Comment 4 of 50, added on December 18th, 2005 at 6:38 PM.

This has to do with Manifest destiny

Paul from United States
Comment 3 of 50, added on December 4th, 2005 at 11:30 AM.

I think he is talking about how we are all pioneers, since we all lead the
way in doing new things, or old things in a new way.

Amanda from United States
Comment 2 of 50, added on September 11th, 2005 at 12:14 PM.

I really wish I could understand this more. I know that Langston Hughes
used quite a few juxtapositions with Walt Whitman's poetry, and I'm trying
to find them. "Beaten yet today--O, Pioneers!" is what I'm looking at. My
guess is that it's calling for a march for liberty, but I'm still not
certain. If anyone wants to help me out, though, please comment more.

Alexis from United States
Comment 1 of 50, added on August 15th, 2005 at 5:52 PM.

Well that was a bunch of words that i didnt understand. I wouldnt even have
read this if it werent for a summer reading project i had to do. Good try

Rose 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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