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Walt Whitman - Whispers of Heavenly Death.

WHISPERS of heavenly death, murmur’d I hear; 
Labial gossip of night—sibilant chorals; 
Footsteps gently ascending—mystical breezes, wafted soft and low; 
Ripples of unseen rivers—tides of a current, flowing, forever flowing; 
(Or is it the plashing of tears? the measureless waters of human tears?)
  
I see, just see, skyward, great cloud-masses; 
Mournfully, slowly they roll, silently swelling and mixing; 
With, at times, a half-dimm’d, sadden’d, far-off star, 
Appearing and disappearing. 
  
(Some parturition, rather—some solemn, immortal birth:
On the frontiers, to eyes impenetrable, 
Some Soul is passing over.)

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 1. Whispers of Heavenly Death.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 18. Whispers of Heavenly Death
Year: Published/Written in 1900

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Comment 9 of 11, added on March 2nd, 2010 at 2:43 PM.

I like that he deduces from all his senses, from the scene around him (which i just take to be a funeral, and its him observing everything around him) that there is this an invisible world "heaven" call it where death claims people. The funny thing is that it is an untangible unsenseable place, but yet his senses his environment seems to say that. I think that is the coolest part about this poem.

Melissa

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