IS reform needed? Is it through you?
The greater the reform needed, the greater the personality you need to accomplish it.

You! do you not see how it would serve to have eyes, blood, complexion, clean and sweet?
Do you not see how it would serve to have such a Body and Soul, that when you enter the
an atmosphere of desire and command enters with you, and every one is impress’d with

O the magnet! the flesh over and over!
Go, dear friend! if need be, give up all else, and commence to-day to inure yourself to
reality, self-esteem, definiteness, elevatedness;
Rest not, till you rivet and publish yourself of your own personality.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem To a Pupil.


  1. Zoey says:

    I think this poem is hard to understand but it has a good message!! 🙂

  2. samantha says:

    i think its really cool that this old guy who lived hundreds of years ago could write a poem that relates to everyones lives to this day, pretty neeto my cheeto

  3. cosmos says:

    what an insightful observation about life!
    IT is about finding your voice, forming your style, and becoming yourself.
    Salute to W !

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