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Analysis and comments on O Living Always—Always Dying. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 6 of 59, added on March 19th, 2006 at 9:04 AM.

I agree with Sue. Are we the same person we are now than we were even ten
minutes ago? Always learning, always growing, and always leaving our
corpses behind.

Asterik from United States
Comment 5 of 59, added on May 24th, 2005 at 5:48 PM.

I think Whitman is still talking about the civil war. I don't think he ever
got over all of the deaths. It seems to me he is talking in place of all of
the soldiers who risked their lives.

H.D. from United States
Comment 4 of 59, added on May 1st, 2005 at 5:29 AM.

He writes of my life. Of your life. Of anyone who has ever really lived. In
order for us to grow as individuals, we must shed den skin of our past,
leave behind corpses, so that we may go on til flourish in a new life
within our life. What Whitman writes of is the millions af small, minute
deaths we will die everyday, before ve make our grand final exit(death-as
society acknowledges it).

C. from Canada
Comment 3 of 59, added on April 21st, 2005 at 9:34 PM.

I think maybe it's the corpses of who he was in his life, like the person
he once was has died and he is emerging as someone new. It's like, I am not
the same person as I was 10 years ago... that person is dead and here I

sue from United States
Comment 2 of 59, added on December 29th, 2004 at 8:28 PM.

i took this poem as meaning all the deaths he had encountered in his life.
leaving behind all his friends and loved ones. perhaps he had a lot of
guilt over their deaths. in order to live he had to let them die. however
i like Nalani's take on this.

heather from United States
Comment 1 of 59, added on November 9th, 2004 at 8:16 PM.

When he said he was going to "leave the corpses behind", i took it, (and
the whole poem) to mean that the other side of himself that was bring him
down to his death, he is going to leave that behind so he can live.

Nalani from United States

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Information about O Living Always—Always Dying.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 10. O Living Always—Always Dying.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 15. Songs of Parting
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 7 2013

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