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Biography of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892)

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, on the West Hills of Long Island, New York. His mother, Louisa Van Velsor, of Dutch descent and Quaker faith, whom he adored, was barely literate. She never read his poetry, but gave him unconditional love. His father of English lineage, was a carpenter and builder of houses, and a stern disciplinarian. His main claim to fame was his friendship with Tom Paine, whose pamphlet Common Sense (1776), urging the colonists to throw off English domination was in his sparse library. It is doubtful that his father read any of his son's poetry, or would have understood it if he had. The senior Walt was too burdened with the struggle to support his ever-growing family of nine children, four of whom were handicapped.

Young Walt, the second of nine, was withdrawn from public school at the age of eleven to help support the family. At the age of twelve he started to learn the printer's trade, and fell in love with the written and printed word. He was mainly self-taught. He read voraciously, and became acquainted with Homer, Dante, Shakespeare and Scott early in life. He knew the Bible thoroughly, and as a God-intoxicated poet, desired to inaugurate a religion uniting all of humanity in bonds of friendship.

In 1836, at the age of 17, he began his career as an innovative teacher in the one-room school houses of Long Island. He permitted his students to call him by his first name, and devised learning games for them in arithmetic and spelling. He continued to teach school until 1841, when he turned to journalism as a full-time career. He soon became editor for a number of Brooklyn and New York papers. From 1846 to 1847 Whitman was the editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Whitman went to New Orleans in 1848, where he was editor for a brief time of the "New Orleans Crescent". In that city he had become fascinated with the French language. Many of his poems contain words of French derivation. It was in New Orleans that he experienced at first hand the viciousness of slavery in the slave markets of that city.

On his return to Brooklyn in the fall of 1848, he founded a "free soil" newspaper, the "Brooklyn Freeman". Between 1848 and 1855 he developed the style of poetry that so astonished Ralph Waldo Emerson. When the poet's Leaves Of Grass reached him as a gift in July, 1855, the Dean of American Letters thanked him for "the wonderful gift" and said that he rubbed his eyes a little "to see if the sunbeam was no illusion." Walt Whitman had been unknown to Emerson prior to that occasion. The "sunbeam" that illuminated a great deal of Whitman's poetry was Music. It was one of the major sources of his inspiration. Many of his four hundred poems contain musical terms, names of instruments, and names of composers. He insisted that music was "greater than wealth, greater than buildings, ships, religions, paintings." In his final essay written one year before his death in 1891, he sums up his struggles of thirty years to write Leaves of Grass. The opening paragraph of his self-evaluation "A Backward Glance O'er Travel'd Road," begins with his reminiscences of "the best of songs heard." His concluding comments again return to thoughts about music, saying that "the strongest and sweetest songs remain yet to be sung."

"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" and "O Captain! My Captain!" (1866) are two of his more famous poems. A poet who was ardently singing on life and himself, Whitman is today claimed as one of the few truly great American men of letters.



330 Poems written by Walt Whitman

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1 Comments and analysis of Dirge for Two Veterans. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
1 Comments and analysis of As I Ponder’d in Silence. by Walt Whitman 453 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of As I Sat Alone by Blue Ontario’s Shores. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of As the Time Draws Nigh. by Walt Whitman 14 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Last Invocation, The. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
1 Comments and analysis of Beat! Beat! Drums! by Walt Whitman 99 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Come up from the Fields, Father. by Walt Whitman 15 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of A Song. by Walt Whitman 23 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Song of the Universal. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of To a foil’d European Revolutionaire. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Darest Thou Now, O Soul. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Drum-Taps. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of To One Shortly to Die. by Walt Whitman 20 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Give me the Splendid, Silent Sun. by Walt Whitman 217 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Great are the Myths. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Mystic Trumpeter, The. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Hush’d be the Camps To-day. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Walt Whitman. by Walt Whitman 24 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Sleepers, The. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of In Cabin’d Ships at Sea. by Walt Whitman 248 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of In Former Songs. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of In Midnight Sleep. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Manhattan Streets I Saunter’d, Pondering. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
1 Comments and analysis of Now List to my Morning’s Romanza. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Poem of Joys. by Walt Whitman 11 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Thoughts. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
1 Comments and analysis of Thoughts. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of On the Beach at Night. by Walt Whitman 105 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Out from Behind this Mask. by Walt Whitman 21 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Out of the Rolling Ocean, the Crowd. by Walt Whitman 69 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Proud Music of The Storm. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Rise, O Days. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Faces. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Passage to India. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of This Compost. by Walt Whitman 53 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Starting from Paumanok. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Gods. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of So Long. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
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1 Comments and analysis of When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d. by Walt Whitman 240 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Sparkles from The Wheel. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Ethiopia Saluting the Colors. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of With Antecedents. by Walt Whitman 198 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Pioneers! O Pioneers! by Walt Whitman 49 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Song of the Redwood-Tree. by Walt Whitman 56 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Song of the Open Road. by Walt Whitman 35 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Song of the Exposition. by Walt Whitman 232 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of I Sing the Body Electric. by Walt Whitman 10 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman 205 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Salut au Monde. by Walt Whitman 39 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking. by Walt Whitman 57 Comments
1 Comments and analysis of A Broadway Pageant. by Walt Whitman 56 Comments
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1 Comments and analysis of Song of the Broad-Axe. by Walt Whitman 47 Comments
A BATTER’D, wreck’d old man,
A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught, Comments and analysis of A Glimpse. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
A LEAF for hand in hand! Comments and analysis of A Leaf for Hand in Hand. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
A LINE in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands;
A MARCH in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown; Comments and analysis of A March in the Ranks, Hard-prest. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
A MASK—a perpetual natural disguiser of herself, Comments and analysis of Visor’d. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
A NEWER garden of creation, no primal solitude, Comments and analysis of Prairie States, The. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
A NOISELESS, patient spider, Comments and analysis of A Noiseless Patient Spider. by Walt Whitman 29 Comments
A PROMISE to California,
A SIGHT in camp in the day-break grey and dim, Comments and analysis of A Sight in Camp. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
A THOUSAND perfect men and women appear,
A WOMAN waits for me—she contains all, nothing is lacking, Comments and analysis of A Woman Waits for Me. by Walt Whitman 20 Comments
AARM’D year! year of the struggle! Comments and analysis of 1861. by Walt Whitman 58 Comments
ABOARD, at a ship’s helm, Comments and analysis of Aboard at a Ship’s Helm. by Walt Whitman 19 Comments
ADIEU, O soldier! Comments and analysis of Adieu to a Soldier. by Walt Whitman 24 Comments
AFTER the Sea-Ship—after the whistling winds; Comments and analysis of After the Sea-Ship. by Walt Whitman 7 Comments
AGES and ages, returning at intervals,
AH poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats!
ALL submit to them, where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable to analysis, in the
ALL you are doing and saying is to America dangled mirages,
AMERICA always!
AMONG the men and women, the multitude, Comments and analysis of Among the Multitude. by Walt Whitman 60 Comments
AN old man’s thought of School; Comments and analysis of An Old Man’s Thought of School. by Walt Whitman 35 Comments
AND now, gentlemen, Comments and analysis of Base of all Metaphysics, The. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
ARE you the new person drawn toward me? Comments and analysis of Are You the New person, drawn toward Me? by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
AS Adam, early in the morning, Comments and analysis of As Adam, Early in the Morning. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
AS at thy portals also death, Comments and analysis of As At Thy Portals Also Death. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
AS consequent from store of summer rains,
AS I lay with my head in your lap, Camerado,
AS I sit with others, at a great feast, suddenly, while the music is playing,
AS I walk these broad, majestic days of peace, Comments and analysis of As I Walk These Broad, Majestic Days. by Walt Whitman 52 Comments
AS I watch’d the ploughman ploughing,
AS if a phantom caress’d me, Comments and analysis of As if a Phantom Caress’d Me. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
AS they draw to a close,
AS toilsome I wander’d Virginia’s woods, Comments and analysis of As Toilsome I Wander’d. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
ASHES of soldiers! Comments and analysis of Ashes of Soldiers. by Walt Whitman 241 Comments
BATHED in war’s perfume—delicate flag!
BE composed—be at ease with me—I am Walt Whitman, liberal and lusty as Nature; Comments and analysis of To a Common Prostitute. by Walt Whitman 12 Comments
BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much, Comments and analysis of Beginning my Studies. by Walt Whitman 6 Comments
BEHAVIOR—fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself, Comments and analysis of Behavior. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
BEHOLD this swarthy face—these gray eyes,
BY the bivouac’s fitful flame, Comments and analysis of By the Bivouac’s Fitful Flame. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
BY the City Dead-House, by the gate, Comments and analysis of City Dead-House, The. by Walt Whitman 26 Comments
CITY of orgies, walks and joys! Comments and analysis of City of Orgies. by Walt Whitman 14 Comments
CITY of ships! Comments and analysis of City of Ships. by Walt Whitman 244 Comments
DELICATE cluster! flag of teeming life!
DID you ask dulcet rhymes from me?
EARTH! my likeness! Comments and analysis of Earth! my Likeness! by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
FACING west, from California’s shores, Comments and analysis of Facing West from California’s Shores. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
FAR hence, amid an isle of wondrous beauty, Comments and analysis of Old Ireland. by Walt Whitman 54 Comments
FAST-ANCHOR’D, eternal, O love! O woman I love!
FOR him I sing, Comments and analysis of For Him I Sing. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
FORMS, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts, Comments and analysis of Germs. by Walt Whitman 40 Comments
FROM far Dakota’s cañons,
FROM my last years, last thoughts I here bequeath,
FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird,
FROM pent-up, aching rivers;
FULL of life, now, compact, visible, Comments and analysis of Full of Life, Now. by Walt Whitman 440 Comments
GIVE me your hand, old Revolutionary; Comments and analysis of Centenarian’s Story, The. by Walt Whitman 15 Comments
GLIDING o’er all, through all,
HAST never come to thee an hour,
HE is wisest who has the most caution,
HERE the frailest leaves of me, and yet my strongest-lasting: Comments and analysis of Here the Frailest Leaves of Me. by Walt Whitman 51 Comments
HERE, take this gift! Comments and analysis of To a Certain Cantatrice. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
HOLD it up sternly! See this it sends back! (Who is it? Is it you?) Comments and analysis of A Hand-Mirror. by Walt Whitman 268 Comments
HOURS continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted,
HOW solemn, as one by one, Comments and analysis of How Solemn as One by One. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
HOW they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals;) Comments and analysis of Beginners. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
I AM he that aches with amorous love; Comments and analysis of I am He that Aches with Love. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
I DREAM’D in a dream, I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of Comments and analysis of I Dream’d in a Dream. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
I HEAR America singing, the varied carols I hear; Comments and analysis of I Hear America Singing. by Walt Whitman 143 Comments
I HEAR it was charged against me that I sought to destroy institutions;
I HEARD that you ask’d for something to prove this puzzle, the New World, Comments and analysis of To Foreign Lands. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
I HEARD you, solemn-sweet pipes of the organ, as last Sunday morn I pass’d the
I MET a Seer, Comments and analysis of Eidólons. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
I NEED no assurances—I am a man who is preoccupied, of his own Soul;
I SAW in Louisiana a live-oak growing, Comments and analysis of I saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing. by Walt Whitman 85 Comments
I SAW old General at bay; Comments and analysis of I saw Old General at Bay. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
I SEE before me now, a traveling army halting; Comments and analysis of Bivouac on a Mountain Side. by Walt Whitman 18 Comments
I SEE in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours in the great Comments and analysis of To Old Age. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
I SEE the sleeping babe, nestling the breast of its mother; Comments and analysis of Mother and Babe. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; Comments and analysis of I Sit and Look Out. by Walt Whitman 319 Comments
I THOUGHT I was not alone, walking here by the shore, Comments and analysis of I Thought I was not Alone. by Walt Whitman 30 Comments
I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city,
I WAS looking a long while for a clue to the history of the past for myself, and for these
I WILL take an egg out of the robin’s nest in the orchard, Comments and analysis of I will Take an Egg Out of the Robin’s Nest. by Walt Whitman 206 Comments
IN a faraway northern county, in the placid, pastoral region, Comments and analysis of Ox Tamer, The. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
IN a little house keep I pictures suspended, it is not a fix’d house, Comments and analysis of My Picture-Gallery. by Walt Whitman 6 Comments
IN paths untrodden,
IN the new garden, in all the parts,
IS reform needed? Is it through you? Comments and analysis of To a Pupil. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
JOY! shipmate—joy! Comments and analysis of Joy, Shipmate, Joy! by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
LAWS for Creations, Comments and analysis of Laws for Creations. by Walt Whitman 45 Comments
LET us twain walk aside from the rest; Comments and analysis of To You. by Walt Whitman 27 Comments
LO! the unbounded sea! Comments and analysis of Ship Starting, The. by Walt Whitman 59 Comments
LO! Victress on the peaks!
LOCATIONS and times—what is it in me that meets them all, whenever and wherever, and
LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me—O if I could but obtain Comments and analysis of Long I Thought that Knowledge. by Walt Whitman 32 Comments
LONG, too long, O land, Comments and analysis of Long, too Long, O Land! by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
LOOK down, fair moon, and bathe this scene;
ME imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,
MY spirit to yours, dear brother;
MYSELF and mine gymnastic ever,
NATIONS ten thousand years before These States, and many times ten thousand years before Comments and analysis of Unnamed Lands. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
NATIVE moments! when you come upon me—Ah you are here now! Comments and analysis of Native Moments. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
NIGHT on the prairies;
NO labor-saving machine, Comments and analysis of No Labor-Saving Machine. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
NOT alone those camps of white, O soldiers, Comments and analysis of Camps of Green. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
NOT heat flames up and consumes,
NOT heaving from my ribb’d breast only;
NOT my enemies ever invade me—no harm to my pride from them I fear;
NOT the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into port, though beaten back, and Comments and analysis of Not the Pilot. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
NOT youth pertains to me,
NOW finale to the shore!
NOW I make a leaf of Voices—for I have found nothing mightier than they are, Comments and analysis of Voices. by Walt Whitman 234 Comments
NOW, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,
O BITTER sprig! Confession sprig!
O BOY of the West! Comments and analysis of To a Western Boy. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
O HYMEN! O hymenee!
O LIVING always—always dying! Comments and analysis of O Living Always—Always Dying. by Walt Whitman 57 Comments
O MAGNET-SOUTH! O glistening, perfumed South! My South! Comments and analysis of Longings for Home. by Walt Whitman 6 Comments
O MATER! O fils! Comments and analysis of Apostroph. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; Comments and analysis of O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman 316 Comments
O ME, man of slack faith so long! Comments and analysis of All is Truth. by Walt Whitman 7 Comments
O SUN of real peace! O hastening light! Comments and analysis of O Sun of Real Peace. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
O TAN-FACED prairie-boy!
O YOU whom I often and silently come where you are, that I may be with you; Comments and analysis of O You Whom I Often and Silently Come. by Walt Whitman 30 Comments
OF Equality—As if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and rights as Comments and analysis of Thought. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
OF him I love day and night, I dream’d I heard he was dead; Comments and analysis of Of Him I Love Day and Night. by Walt Whitman 43 Comments
OF Justice—As if Justice could be anything but the same ample law, expounded by
OF obedience, faith, adhesiveness;
OF persons arrived at high positions, ceremonies, wealth, scholarships, and the like; Comments and analysis of Thought. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
OF Public Opinion; Comments and analysis of Thoughts. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
OF the terrible doubt of appearances, Comments and analysis of Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances. by Walt Whitman 243 Comments
OF the visages of things—And of piercing through to the accepted hells beneath; Comments and analysis of Of the Visage of Things. by Walt Whitman 8 Comments
OF what I write from myself—As if that were not the resumé; Comments and analysis of Thought. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
ON a flat road runs the well-train’d runner;
ON journeys through the States we start, Comments and analysis of On Journeys Through The States. by Walt Whitman 216 Comments
ON my northwest coast in the midst of the night, a fishermen’s group stands watching;
ON the beach at night alone, Comments and analysis of On the Beach at Night, Alone. by Walt Whitman 7 Comments
ONCE I pass'd through a populous city, imprinting my brain, for future use, with its Comments and analysis of Once I Pass'd Through a Populous City. by Walt Whitman 211 Comments
ONE hour to madness and joy! Comments and analysis of One Hour to Madness and Joy. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
ONE song, America, before I go,
ONE sweeps by, attended by an immense train, Comments and analysis of One Sweeps By. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
ONE’S-SELF I sing—a simple, separate Person; Comments and analysis of One’s-Self I Sing. by Walt Whitman 518 Comments
ONLY themselves understand themselves, and the like of themselves, Comments and analysis of Perfections. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
OTHERS may praise what they like;
OUT of the murk of heaviest clouds,
OVER the carnage rose prophetic a voice,
PASSING stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you, Comments and analysis of To a Stranger. by Walt Whitman 17 Comments
PENSIVE and faltering, Comments and analysis of Pensive and Faltering. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
PENSIVE, on her dead gazing, I heard the Mother of All,
POET. Comments and analysis of Sing of the Banner at Day-Break. by Walt Whitman 11 Comments
POETS to come! orators, singers, musicians to come! Comments and analysis of Poets to Come. by Walt Whitman 5 Comments
PRIMEVAL my love for the woman I love,
QUICKSAND years that whirl me I know not whither, Comments and analysis of Quicksand Years. by Walt Whitman 261 Comments
RACE of veterans! Race of victors! Comments and analysis of Race of Veterans. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
RECORDERS ages hence! Comments and analysis of Recorders Ages Hence. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
RESPONDEZ! Respondez!
ROAMING in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is Good steadily hastening
ROOTS and leaves themselves alone are these; Comments and analysis of Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone. by Walt Whitman 40 Comments
SCENTED herbage of my breast, Comments and analysis of Scented Herbage of My Breast. by Walt Whitman 208 Comments
SHUT not your doors to me, proud libraries, Comments and analysis of Shut Not Your Doors, &c. by Walt Whitman 11 Comments
SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy, Comments and analysis of A Child’s Amaze. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
SKIRTING the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest,) Comments and analysis of Dalliance of the Eagles, The. by Walt Whitman 257 Comments
SMALL is the theme of the following Chant, yet the greatest—namely,
SO far, and so far, and on toward the end,
SOLID, ironical, rolling orb!
SOMETIMES with one I love, I fill myself with rage, for fear I effuse unreturn’d love; Comments and analysis of Sometimes with One I Love. by Walt Whitman 9 Comments
SPIRIT that form’d this scene,
SPIRIT whose work is done! spirit of dreadful hours! Comments and analysis of Spirit whose Work is Done. by Walt Whitman 26 Comments
SPLENDOR of ended day, floating and filling me! Comments and analysis of Song at Sunset. by Walt Whitman 55 Comments
SPONTANEOUS me, Nature, Comments and analysis of Spontaneous Me. by Walt Whitman 39 Comments
STATES!
STILL, though the one I sing, Comments and analysis of Still, though the One I Sing. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you Comments and analysis of To You. by Walt Whitman 543 Comments
TEARS! tears! tears! Comments and analysis of Tears. by Walt Whitman 274 Comments
THAT music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning—yet long untaught I did not hear; Comments and analysis of That Music Always Round Me. by Walt Whitman 204 Comments
THAT shadow, my likeness, that goes to and fro, seeking a livelihood, chattering, Comments and analysis of That Shadow, my Likeness. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
THAT which eludes this verse and any verse, Comments and analysis of A Riddle Song. by Walt Whitman 55 Comments
THE business man, the acquirer vast,
THE indications, and tally of time;
THE prairie-grass dividing—its special odor breathing,
THE sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news everywhere, Comments and analysis of Sobbing of The Bells, The. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
THE untold want, by life and land ne’er granted,
THE world below the brine; Comments and analysis of World Below the Brine, The. by Walt Whitman 43 Comments
THEE for my recitative! Comments and analysis of To a Locomotive in Winter. by Walt Whitman 14 Comments
THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;
THERE was a child went forth every day; Comments and analysis of There was a Child went Forth. by Walt Whitman 14 Comments
THESE Carols, sung to cheer my passage through the world I see,
THESE, I, singing in spring, collect for lovers, Comments and analysis of These, I, Singing in Spring. by Walt Whitman 35 Comments
THEY shall arise in the States,
THICK-SPRINKLED bunting! Flag of stars! Comments and analysis of Thick-Sprinkled Bunting. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
THINK of the Soul;
THIS day, O Soul, I give you a wondrous mirror;
THIS dust was once the Man, Comments and analysis of This Dust was Once the Man. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Comments and analysis of A Clear Midnight. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
THIS moment yearning and thoughtful, sitting alone,
THITHER, as I look, I see each result and glory retracing itself and nestling close,
THOU orb aloft full-dazzling! thou hot October noon! Comments and analysis of Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
THOU reader throbbest life and pride and love the same as I, Comments and analysis of Thou Reader. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
THOU who hast slept all night upon the storm,
THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn, Comments and analysis of A Farm-Picture. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
THROUGH the soft evening air enwrinding all, Comments and analysis of Italian Music in Dakota. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early; Comments and analysis of A Boston Ballad, 1854. by Walt Whitman 72 Comments
TO oratists—to male or female, Comments and analysis of To Oratists. by Walt Whitman 205 Comments
TO the East and to the West;
TO the garden, the world, anew ascending, Comments and analysis of To the Garden the World. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
TO the leaven’d soil they trod, calling, I sing, for the last; Comments and analysis of To the Leaven’d Soil They Trod. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
TO The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States, Resist much, obey Comments and analysis of Walt Whitman’s Caution. by Walt Whitman 6 Comments
TO thee, old Cause! Comments and analysis of To Thee, Old Cause! by Walt Whitman 18 Comments
TRICKLE, drops! my blue veins leaving! Comments and analysis of Trickle, Drops. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
TURN, O Libertad, for the war is over,
TWO boats with nets lying off the sea-beach, quite still, Comments and analysis of A Paumanok Picture. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
TWO Rivulets side by side, Comments and analysis of Two Rivulets. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
UNFOLDED out of the folds of the woman, man comes unfolded, and is always to Comments and analysis of Unfolded Out of the Folds. by Walt Whitman 6 Comments
VIGIL strange I kept on the field one night: Comments and analysis of Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field. by Walt Whitman 228 Comments
WANDERING at morn,
WARBLE me now, for joy of Lilac-time, Comments and analysis of Warble for Lilac-Time. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
WE two boys together clinging, Comments and analysis of We Two Boys Together Clinging. by Walt Whitman 14 Comments
WE two—how long we were fool’d! Comments and analysis of We Two—How Long We were Fool’d. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
WEAVE in! weave in, my hardy life!
WHAT am I, after all, but a child, pleas’d with the sound of my own name? repeating Comments and analysis of What am I, After All? by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
WHAT are those of the known, but to ascend and enter the Unknown?
WHAT best I see in thee, Comments and analysis of What Best I See In Thee. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
WHAT General has a good army in himself, has a good army; Comments and analysis of What General has a Good Army. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
WHAT place is besieged, and vainly tries to raise the siege?
WHAT ship, puzzled at sea, cons for the true reckoning? Comments and analysis of Here, Sailor. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
WHAT think you I take my pen in hand to record? Comments and analysis of What think You I take my Pen in Hand? by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
WHAT weeping face is that looking from the window?
WHAT you give me, I cheerfully accept, Comments and analysis of To Rich Givers. by Walt Whitman 3 Comments
WHEN I heard at the close of the day how my name had been receiv’d with plaudits in the Comments and analysis of When I heard at the Close of the Day. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
WHEN I heard the learn’d astronomer; Comments and analysis of When I heard the Learn’d Astronomer. by Walt Whitman 83 Comments
WHEN I peruse the conquer’d fame of heroes, and the victories of mighty generals, I
WHEN I read the book, the biography famous, Comments and analysis of When I read the Book. by Walt Whitman 24 Comments
WHILE my wife at my side lies slumbering, and the wars are over long, Comments and analysis of Artilleryman’s Vision, The. by Walt Whitman 237 Comments
WHISPERS of heavenly death, murmur’d I hear; Comments and analysis of Whispers of Heavenly Death. by Walt Whitman 11 Comments
WHO has gone farthest? For lo! have not I gone farther?
WHO includes diversity, and is Nature,
WHO is now reading this?
WHO learns my lesson complete?
WHOEVER you are, holding me now in hand, Comments and analysis of Whoever You are, Holding Me now in Hand. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
WHOEVER you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams, Comments and analysis of To You. by Walt Whitman 27 Comments
WHY reclining, interrogating? Why myself and all drowsing? Comments and analysis of To The States. by Walt Whitman 4 Comments
WHY! who makes much of a miracle? Comments and analysis of Miracles. by Walt Whitman 13 Comments
WILD, wild the storm, and the sea high running, Comments and analysis of Patroling Barnegat. by Walt Whitman 1 Comment
WITH all thy gifts, America, Comments and analysis of With All Thy Gifts. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
WITH its cloud of skirmishers in advance,
WOMEN sit, or move to and fro—some old, some young;
WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!
WORLD, take good notice, silver stars fading, Comments and analysis of World, Take Good Notice. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
YEAR of meteors! brooding year!
YEAR that trembled and reel’d beneath me!
YEARS of the modern! years of the unperform’d! Comments and analysis of Years of the Modern. by Walt Whitman 2 Comments
YOU felons on trial in courts; Comments and analysis of You Felons on Trial in Courts. by Walt Whitman 16 Comments
YOU just maturing youth! You male or female!
YOU who celebrate bygones! Comments and analysis of To a Historian. by Walt Whitman 18 Comments


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