HERE the frailest leaves of me, and yet my strongest-lasting:
Here I shade and hide my thoughts—I myself do not expose them,
And yet they expose me more than all my other poems.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem Here the Frailest Leaves of Me.


  1. robin says:

    I found this poem to be about love.
    Love is our weakest emotion and yet our strongest. We hide behind love. We also look for love to protect us. When we’re in love it shines through us.

  2. Kay Smith says:

    Recently an older friend of mine likened his 75 year- old-state with that of the dying Aspen trees in his yard. It was sad; he is sad. Like the tune of an old song one never forgets, this poem came to my mind. The last of line one is the most powerful, and hoping he will read with purpose, I sent it to him. Age can embody power, and if Whitman felt it, anyone can.

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