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

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Comment 33 of 103, added on March 9th, 2012 at 2:51 AM.

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Korina from Mauritius
Comment 31 of 103, added on October 7th, 2011 at 3:55 PM.

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ayeeee from China
Comment 30 of 103, added on July 15th, 2010 at 9:06 AM.

This poem elaborates solely on the life of an excitement dulled and drained
by the apparent reality that overtakes and monotonizes it. Bringing ones
excitement of the inpending unknown into the drab grasp of finding out and
then back to the blissfulness of ignorance and simplicity.

Mahala from United States
Comment 29 of 103, added on March 29th, 2010 at 3:40 PM.

I don't know. this poem is uhm, weird but somewhat mystical.

Uknown from United States
Comment 28 of 103, 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 103, 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 103, 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 103, 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 103, 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

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Information about When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer.

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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