NATIVE moments! when you come upon me-Ah you are here now!
Give me now libidinous joys only!
Give me the drench of my passions! Give me life coarse and rank!
To-day, I go consort with nature’s darlings-to-night too;
I am for those who believe in loose delights-I share the midnight orgies of young men;
I dance with the dancers, and drink with the drinkers;
The echoes ring with our indecent calls;
I take for my love some prostitute-I pick out some low person for my dearest friend,
He shall be lawless, rude, illiterate-he shall be one condemn’d by others for deeds
I will play a part no longer-Why should I exile myself from my companions?
O you shunn’d persons! I at least do not shun you,
I come forthwith in your midst-I will be your poet,
I will be more to you than to any of the rest.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem Native Moments.

1 Comment

  1. Michelle says:

    I loved this poem!!! its soooo good!!!
    First of all, i believe he lets himself loose, and enjoys his life in the way he wishes to because in any way he will still be your poet. He forgets the laws, becomes rude and goes wild, for they are moments that are your own crazy wild thoughts to begin with and enjoy them.

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