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

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Comment 5 of 85, added on January 13th, 2005 at 8:38 PM.

The 2 ideas that are being contrasted in the poem are of the what the
astronomer had to say about the stars and what the speaker felt towards
nature. It is a technology vs nature poem and whitman clearly feels that
the stars should be appreciated in nature and by his or herself. It shows
it by its structure and subordination of the word "when" and his diction
with the speaker using "learn'd"

Claudia from United States
Comment 4 of 85, added on January 10th, 2005 at 5:08 PM.

okay lisa, i totaly agree with the second idea you said, it makes perfect
since seeing as how he mostly taught himself since his parents couldn't
read

Rebecca from United States
Comment 3 of 85, added on November 16th, 2004 at 7:24 PM.

i think what whitman is trying to say is that, while society often applauds
our "knowlege" of nature(such as the stars) we sometimes lose sight of the
beauty and importance of it...whitman, however, chooses to lose himself IN
the beauty, and wonders at the stars.... i don't know if that sparked any
ideas for the two of you that needed help! :)

suzie from United States
Comment 2 of 85, added on November 15th, 2004 at 2:44 PM.

When reading this peom i get two different ideas about it and i need
someones help to analyze this poem. One idea i get is about the stars
themselves, just how beautiful and mysterious they are. The other idea I
get is about the student, how he feels about the difference between the
astronomer teaching him and finding it out for himself. Any ideas?!?!

Lisa from United States
Comment 1 of 85, added on November 8th, 2004 at 8:56 PM.

This poem is very insiteful about the beauty of the stars.

John Piken from United States

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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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