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

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Comment 28 of 98, added on December 7th, 2009 at 4:05 PM.
analyzing all aspects

I completely agree that the knowledge you can gain from an intellectual can
make you forget to learn from a sensual aspect and admire the beauty but I
do also believe that one such as Whitman can get too caught up in the
holistic experience and forget to return to the other aspect. How can you
expect to call yourself more knowledgable than the proffesor if all you do
is daydream and look at the stars. Life requires a balance in all aspects.
Whitman was very charismatic and good in the english language but how can
one say that they are more intelligent than the astronomer just because
they admire the stars. We might not see the astronomer during his time of

Christopher29 from United States
Comment 27 of 98, added on October 23rd, 2007 at 1:00 PM.

I really enjoyed this poem. It really made me think!!

Lola from Belize
Comment 26 of 98, added on June 2nd, 2007 at 8:37 PM.

It is said that science murders of the beautyof art. By science discovery,
fantastic fairies are broke. But does science bring material wealthy?

yeats from China
Comment 25 of 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, 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 98, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 2:00 PM.

not to overanalyze, but stars = poems, mayhaps?

Mike from Canada
Comment 19 of 98, 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

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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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