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Analysis and comments on When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 25 of 85, added on May 28th, 2007 at 12:26 AM.

Like many have said before me, I believe that Whitman is trying to
communicate the fact that the scientific process is inferior to a natural,
romantic, and personal interaction with the subject beings studied. (This
is pretty evident in the diction of the poem--how it changes...)

DaHaz (MY) from United States
Comment 24 of 85, added on April 1st, 2007 at 3:34 AM.

After I have read so many comments, a sentence from Keats comes into my
mind:"Beauty is truth, truth beauty"

Shaoyu from China
Comment 23 of 85, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 10:06 PM.

reading this poem, i can see that the writer is trying to show the contrast
between the boredom being in the classroom, being lectured about the
"nature" to the amazemant actually go out there and being in it and feel it
by oneself.

Nayoung from Korea, South
Comment 22 of 85, added on April 6th, 2006 at 6:11 AM.

astronomy looks at the stars from a scinetific point of view, from a
mathematical aspect; but Whitman, bored of the course he is taking at the
time, looked at the stars from such an aspect that he even wandered among

elif from Turkey
Comment 21 of 85, added on April 4th, 2006 at 1:40 PM.

stars which mean mathematical or astronomical themes to scientists,come to
mean as a tool of romance or emotions for the man of letters. this is the
issue here.

burak from Turkey
Comment 20 of 85, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 2:00 PM.

not to overanalyze, but stars = poems, mayhaps?

Mike from Canada
Comment 19 of 85, added on March 19th, 2006 at 9:37 PM.

I realy enjoyed this poem. the thing i was woundering was what was
Whitman's purpose to wright this poem and how did he best achieve it?

holly from United States
Comment 18 of 85, added on March 19th, 2006 at 9:07 AM.

When you overanalyze something, looking too deep into the mysteries, it
seems to stop having all of its wonder until you can back up and look at it
again from the perspective of the innocently curious, not the one who wants
to know everything about it. Numbers mean nothing until you can take a step
back and say "Wow. That's beautiful. Let's leave it at that."

Asterik from United States
Comment 17 of 85, added on January 22nd, 2006 at 5:26 PM.

Thats what happens when you try to analyze everything that comes your
way...it loses its natural beauty and mystery

AZ from United States
Comment 16 of 85, added on December 27th, 2005 at 6:29 PM.

As an amateur astronomer, I have found the rigors of the science to be
destracting from the beauty and love I once felt for the night sky. This
poem sums up my deepest feelings for that love and inspires me to never

That is what good poetry is all about.

David Ryle from United States

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 5. When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 15. Songs of Parting
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Oct 4 2011

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