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Analysis and comments on On the Beach at Night. by Walt Whitman

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Comment 9 of 109, added on April 28th, 2006 at 9:02 AM.

It is true that the death of a mother is not mentioned, but if you read the
poetry of dozens of other poets, they also do not mention the actual
subject of their poems. It is left for us to ponder and figuer out. Like a
riddle. The first sign that made me think that it was the death of a
mother, was the mention of "burial" clouds. And it flowed into other signs
as well. This poem is just awesome.

Jessica from United States
Comment 8 of 109, added on April 19th, 2006 at 2:18 PM.

this poem is incredible at showing theinnocence of a child. yet, there is a
slight mystery to it, since Walt Whitman doesn't say that the mother died,
it is very logical to think so..
its beautiful

bird fancy from United States
Comment 7 of 109, added on March 22nd, 2006 at 9:05 PM.

I think this poem is wonderful and creative. But if you look deeper into
the meaning of this poem, one may think that it may be a father and
daughter standing on a beach, mourning over the loss of the mother. To a
little girl, her mother is the sun, moon and stars. And the father reminds
the daughter that love will last longer than even the moon and stars. Look
into the meaning of the words and read between the lines. It can look to be
a very sad poem with a very deep meaning.

Jessica from United States
Comment 6 of 109, added on January 23rd, 2006 at 10:49 PM.

Something there is,
(With my lips soothing thee, adding, I whisper,
I give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,)
"Something there is more immortal even than the stars,
(Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,)
Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter,
Longer than sun, or any revolving satellite,
Or the radiant brothers, the Pleiades." - Wonderful poem...Seems like he
may be referring to there love. Does anyone else think this?

Nick from United States
Comment 5 of 109, added on December 14th, 2005 at 10:24 AM.

WOW this poem is awesome! It's really deep...it also reminded me of me and
my dad a while ago when i was little....

Katherine from United States
Comment 4 of 109, added on November 16th, 2005 at 1:27 PM.

I found this poem yesterday while I was looking for one for my AP english
class. I fell in love with it the minute I finished reading it, it is by
far the best poem that I have ever read.

Jillian from United States
Comment 3 of 109, added on June 23rd, 2005 at 1:25 PM.

This poem is amazing..It reminds me of my dad, who passed away recently...

Carrie from United States
Comment 2 of 109, added on January 9th, 2005 at 4:28 PM.

This is one of the most amazing poems I have read when it comes to getting
into the human mind! WOW!

Sarah from United States
Comment 1 of 109, added on October 13th, 2004 at 1:18 AM.

This poem uses incedibly descriptive words to express the beach and
human nature as no one else is able to. He sees into the human mind in a
very unique way. I wish that I could write this well.

Charlie from United States

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Information about On the Beach at Night.

Poet: Walt Whitman
Poem: 5. On the Beach at Night.
Volume: Leaves of Grass
- 19. Sea-Shore Memories
Year: 1900
Added: Feb 7 2004
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Poem of the Day: Mar 8 2004

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