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

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Comment 9 of 89, added on March 8th, 2005 at 8:17 PM.

i dont think this poem has to do with stars at all. i think Whitman was
trying to say that when you over analyze something it looses its true
beautiful. stars was just the example he used.

matt whitaker from United States
Comment 8 of 89, added on February 21st, 2005 at 1:30 PM.

I agree with the above commenst but would like to say that i think this is
an example of how a person can find beauty in the smaller less important
things in life and also how learing from experience and not just sitting in
a classroom hearing someone talk on a subject. i think it is better to have
your own experiences and not someone else's.

Nate from United States
Comment 7 of 89, added on February 1st, 2005 at 3:51 PM.

This poem has changed my life around it shows the beauty of the stars to
the world. I agree with the rest of the people above that has commented to
the poem. I will hold the book Leaves Of Grass true to my heart.

David Ozborn from United States
Comment 6 of 89, added on January 31st, 2005 at 2:10 AM.

What I believe Whitman expressed wondrously in this poem is the contrast
between the dry, sombre data of the astronomer's lecture and the feelings
of beauty, wonder and awe inspired by his sight of the heavens at night.

Teodoro Mertcado from United States
Comment 5 of 89, 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 89, 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

Rebecca from United States
Comment 3 of 89, 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 89, 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 89, 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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