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Walt Whitman - Last Invocation, The.

AT the last, tenderly, 
From the walls of the powerful, fortress’d house, 
From the clasp of the knitted locks—from the keep of the well-closed doors, 
Let me be wafted. 
Let me glide noiselessly forth;
With the key of softness unlock the locks—with a whisper, 
Set ope the doors, O Soul! 
Tenderly! be not impatient! 
(Strong is your hold, O mortal flesh! 
Strong is your hold, O love.)

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Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 11. Last Invocation, The.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 18. Whispers of Heavenly Death
Year: Published/Written in 1900

Comment 1 of 1, added on September 5th, 2005 at 8:14 PM.

I'm a yr 12 english student, and I came across this poem by Walt Whitman. I personally thought it is one of his finest pieces of work that I have read so. I prefer poems around this length than those that go on and on, because they're so descriptive, yet so powerful at the same time. It's a pity that Walt is not around today to write about society.

What I really liked about 'The Last Invocation' was how Walt ended the poem with such meaningful words (tenderly- be not impatient). He's telling us that if we approach things gently and be patient things will come.

Megz from Australia

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