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

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Comment 22 of 102, 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 102, 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 102, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 2:00 PM.

not to overanalyze, but stars = poems, mayhaps?

Mike from Canada
Comment 19 of 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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 102, 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
Comment 15 of 102, added on November 4th, 2005 at 11:00 AM.

this is one of my favorite poems of all time. i feel the same way as
whitman described in the peom. sick of the numbers and the math. when u
take something and anazlyze it u tend to forget the beauty that god gave
it. numbers are meanigless. in the bible it says "Be still and know that
i am God." this is what its talking about.....

matt whitaker from United States
Comment 14 of 102, added on June 19th, 2005 at 1:35 AM.

Experiencing something for yourself is much better than listening to
someone else telling you how it is done. It is pretty much saying that he
walks out of class after listening to the professor bore him to death and
visualize the stars. Whitman is a homosexual and that is true of the
previous poster has said.

yongxing from United States
Comment 13 of 102, added on June 7th, 2005 at 3:40 PM.

i think the poem means exaclty what it says. he goes into a lecture and
finds himself so bored and sick of the topic. but he leaves the place,
realizing that he has learned something. the knowledge he acquired from
this astronomy course has helped him appreciate nature. and looking up at
the stars has never looked so beautiful to him before. the astronomy
professor has helped him grow an appreciation for the stars in the sky.
it's like students; we go to school and we dread the lectures. but we come
out of the classroom and we realize that the topic may have seemed to suck
before, but we are grateful to have learned what we did. and the world is
a more beautiful place because we understand it a little more.

sy 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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