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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 6 of 46, added on January 31st, 2005 at 4:32 PM.

As disinclined as I am to leave a comment on a website where one comentator
refuses to recognize any of Whitman's abilities and another seems to have
developed terrets syndrome while comenting, I feel compelled to speak on
behalf of whitman, and give my interpretation of the poem in case someone
is looking for a valid one. In this poem, WHitman is indeed mourning the
death of Abraham Lincoln. Hoever, Whitman is also commenting on the impact
death has on the living, and even is speaking about the creative process
and how inspiration was able to lift him from his grief so that he would be
able to write. The Western star (or orb as referred to in the one stanza)
is representative of linclon. The Lilacs are representative of WHitman's
grief. The Brown Bird is something that Whitman feels compatible to. There
are other several important devic`es in the poem that are easily found once
these are understood.

Caitlin from United States
Comment 5 of 46, added on January 30th, 2005 at 11:16 PM.

this was the
BEST poem i have ever read it was amaizing i am a poem collector because
of this poem i bought his rough draft copy the first ever made this is the
best fucking book i have ever read in my fucking life it is so0o0o fucking
amaizing if u ever need to borrow it tell me it cost me 2.3 million dollars
to buy but it was worth every cent i love this poem

karina from United States
Comment 4 of 46, added on January 30th, 2005 at 11:56 AM.

I read that this poem is about the assassination of Lincoln and how Whitman
mourned.

Cinja from United States
Comment 3 of 46, added on January 9th, 2005 at 8:38 AM.

The light from the words land gently on the soul...

Mary Jarzynka
Comment 2 of 46, added on December 18th, 2004 at 6:19 PM.

Walt Whitman is one of the best American poets. However, this poem may be
a little too heavy to start off with. Try reading "When I Heard the
Learn'd Astronomer"

BigSmiley360 from United States
Comment 1 of 46, added on November 17th, 2004 at 2:34 PM.

Wow, after reading not even the first 2 lines of this poem, I have
concluded that Walt Whitman was a failure at life. He killed himself
becaused he can't write poetry. Even I can write poetry better than that
and I am illiterate. I had someone read the first few lines of the poem to
me and the same person is typing this comment because I am illiterate.
However, i can still write poetry. Walt Whitman was a homosexual who never
found a sexual partner, only Herman Melville to whine to all day about the
world. This "poet" should be taken off of the website immediately or
someone will most likely crash this entire website.

dontbother 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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