TO The States, or any one of them, or any city of The States, Resist much, obey

Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved;
Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, of this earth, ever afterward resumes its

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem Walt Whitman’s Caution.


  1. Clint says:

    You can’t just obey everything without question. If something is wrong then you have to stand up for it (resist). Unquestionable obedience leads to a corrupt leader taking advantage of the people and brings about some of the most horrific tragedies seen throughout time.

  2. Robbie says:

    Walt is so amazingly right. I don’t think his words have rang more true than in modern society. The Government determines our morals now! It can’t be undone! They (the gov’t) screwed themselves into a hole—and now! nothing can be undone because doing what you felt right got dangerous. Stalemate, eh?

  3. anu says:

    i want to have notes on walt whitman poetry like song of my self

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