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Analysis and comments on When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 16 of 46, added on April 20th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 15 of 46, added on February 11th, 2010 at 9:14 PM.
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Comment 13 of 46, added on April 9th, 2009 at 3:35 AM.

And yet he still seems to have become far more famous than you ever will.
People revere him, look up to him, admire his work, etc. And no one even
knows who you are. Funny how that works out, isn't it?

Rachel from United States
Comment 12 of 46, added on September 4th, 2007 at 4:10 PM.

This is quite an extraordinary poem for Whitman himself and within the
larger American canon of poetry. If you really are interested in it read
the essay on it contained in Helen Vendler's book "The Music of What
Happens". I usually find Whitman irrepressably voluable, boisterous,
overblown, pollyanish (if that's a word) and self promoting. Almost none
of that appears in this quite remarkable work of genuine (but non
Christian) grief. There's even considerable variation (mostly in the carol
of the bird) from Whitman's usual biblical (or perhaps more accurately
Psalmic) listing syntax. I'm generally not a big Whitman fan, but this is
a fine and truly moving effort by (whatever else he was or is seen to be)
an American original.

G. D. Geiss from United States
Comment 11 of 46, added on January 15th, 2006 at 1:09 PM.

ive been researching alot on whitman and this poem for my jr 320 english
class...for you ppl that have commented on whitman's sexual
orientation...yes he was homosexual but that does not mean he felt a lovers
attraction to Lincoln, i believe that it was more of an admiration for a
great man. Secondly id like to comment on how amazing a poet Walt Whitman
is. He took a traditional elegy and turned it into his own way to mourn for
a person that he greatly admired. Whitman did this alot with his work, he
didnt always follow the rules but that makes him the best. He
revolutionized how people write poetry now.....he was a true american poet.


Amy from United States
Comment 10 of 46, added on November 7th, 2005 at 9:56 PM.

I'm just a high-school kid, not a veteran when it comes to interpreting
poetry. ^^; So I wonder if I'd be wrong to think that Whitman is portraying
death as something almost benevolent, something that ends suffering and
puts one in unity with the whole of nature (an impression I got while
reading (section?) 16, the bird's song). He certainly makes many references
to death that hold positive connotations, e.g. 'deliveress'. Then again
this might just be a way of showing how he is turning to the solace of
nature to cope with his pain, like part of what Caitlin said. Hm. Any
ideas?

kpi from United States
Comment 9 of 46, added on May 14th, 2005 at 8:21 PM.

to April Stockley, back then people used the term "gay" as meaning happy.
So him saying "of him i love" is just him saying that he looked up to and
admired this man. It doesn't mean he was gay.

Georgia
Comment 8 of 46, added on April 1st, 2005 at 3:41 PM.

Firstly, did you mean you are "illegitimate?" If you are illiterate, you
are not able to read NOR write. Yet, you say you "read" the first few
lines of this poem and that you "write" poetry. How about we say you are
an "idiot" and leave it at that. Leave the poetic critiques of someone as
successful (though not in his day and age) and genius to those of us who
are LITERATE. "Don't bother" with yourself.
Apstockley

April Stockley from United States
Comment 7 of 46, added on February 1st, 2005 at 9:27 PM.

this poem makes walt gay Like "And thought of him I love" it really makes
him sound gay dosent it


Why from United States

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 1. When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 17. President Lincoln's Burial Hymn
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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