SOMETIMES with one I love, I fill myself with rage, for fear I effuse unreturn’d love;
But now I think there is no unreturn’d love-the pay is certain, one way or another;
(I loved a certain person ardently, and my love was not return’d;
Yet out of that, I have written these songs.)

Analysis, meaning and summary of Walt Whitman's poem Sometimes with One I Love.


  1. Rafael Herrera says:

    what he is saying is he loved a girl but she did not love him, but without the love, pain, and emotional differnce, there would be nothing to write about. So be happy to even experienced emotions whether it be good or bad.

  2. Katy says:

    I absolutely love this poem. It has so much hidden meaning that I don’t even know what is lying beneath.

  3. Anastasia says:

    This is my favourite poem. i heard it first when i was 14 and thought it’s the most beautiful words i’ve ever heard. there’s so much pain and love and gratefulness in it. And now i found the original text (i only heard it in translation to my language before). So thank you very much for sharing it on the web with us!!!

  4. Janice says:

    it was a kewl poem. i totally get da meaning. i noe how it feels to lyk luv some1 n not hav some1 hav da feelin returned…

  5. robert says:

    great poem. alot of our great poetry comes with pain ones endured.

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