There is also an emphasis in ‘I Hear America Singing’ on the strength of the songs the American people sing, and the voices which sing them, and by extension, the American people themselves. our fearful trip is done, ‘Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand’. This appears to have been the starting-point for Whitman’s elegy for Lincoln, although he didn’t actually complete the poem until some months later. Even those who aren’t familiar with Walt Whitman’s poems may recognise this, thanks to its use in the 1989 Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society: O Captain! Note how the songs are not just ‘melodious’ but ‘strong’ in the poem’s last line, and how he had earlier used the word ‘robust’ and, in the second line, how the song of the mechanics was not only ‘blithe’ but ‘strong’. ‘ Song of Myself ’.. Where better to begin our pick of Whitman’s best poems than here, with the poem which seems best... 2. Read the poem closely and summarize the first seven lines into just one sentence, using your own words. This poem addressed to his reader might be viewed as a disclaimer for all of Whitman’s poetry – much as ‘Song of Myself’ can be read as his declaration or credo. Songs of Parting) ; The Patriotic Poems IV (Poems of Democracy), " Be composed—be at ease with me—I am Walt Whitman, liberal and", " All you are doing and saying is to America dangled mirages,", " Passing stranger! I Hear America Singing. beat! I celebrate myself, and sing myself, For a good edition of Whitman’s poetry, we recommend The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics). Where on the deck my Captain lies, One of the shortest poems on this list, this poem was also featured in Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams’s character recites it to his class. There is something jubilant about Whitman’s celebration of his country’s people and their songs. said I to the soft-falling shower,", " Greater than memory of Achilles or Ulysses,", " An old man bending I come among new faces,", " There was a child went forth every day,", " These carols sung to cheer my passage through the world I see,", " These I singing in spring collect for lovers,", " Thick-sprinkled bunting! ", " ONE sweeps by, attended by an immense train,", " One's-self I sing, a simple separate person,", " A lesser proof than old Voltaire's, yet greater,", Leaves of Grass (Book X.) His best-known work is the collection of personal poems, Leaves of Grass. Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, “The Sleepers” is one of the poems from the 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass. We especially like the use of the word ‘discorrupt’ …, I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, ‘Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking’. Walt Whitman, in full Walter Whitman, (born May 31, 1819, West Hills, Long Island, New York, U.S.—died March 26, 1892, Camden, New Jersey), American poet, journalist, and essayist whose verse collection Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, is a landmark in the history of American literature. of the questions of these recurring, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’. my Captain! There certainly couldn’t be a more appropriate explorer than Doty, as both a leading North American poet and a memoirist and prose writer of exceptional grace and depth. Have you your pistols? Birds of Passage), From Far Dakota's Canyons [June 25, 1876], Leaves of Grass (Book XXXII. Walt Whitman (DOK 2) 1. O confine me not! – and the second considers the poet’s own soul and the way it is undertaking a similar attempt to build ‘gossamer’ bridges between things, much as the spider builds a web. have you your sharp edged axes? Then, summarize the message of the last two lines, again using just one sentence and your own words. Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring, Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images. Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, By the Roadside), " Over the Western sea hither from Niphon come,", Leaves of Grass (Book XVIII. And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night, Songs of Parting), " As consequent from store of summer rains,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXIV. While yet a child his parents moved to Brooklyn, where he acquired his education. Drum-Taps); The Patriotic Poems I (Poems of War), " Women sit or move to and fro, some old, some young,", " How they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals,)", " Beginning my studies the first step pleas’d me so much,", " BEHAVIOR--fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself,", " Behold this swarthy face, these gray eyes,", " I see before me now a traveling army halting,", " Add to your show, before you close it, France,", " What hurrying human tides, or day or night! The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work …. This statement of selfhood contains the famous line ‘I am large, I contain multitudes’. Walt Whitman we have a poet who has tried to do this, the answer is unmistakable. Walt Whitman self published Leaves of Grass in 1855 as a collection of twelve poems, but revised and expanded it throughout his lifetime.His poems abandoned the regular 19th century rhythm and rhyming patterns and were open about love and democracy, sex and friendship, the body and the soul. One of several poems Walt Whitman wrote about Abraham Lincoln, and probably the best, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’ was written in the summer of 1865, in the aftermath of the assassination of Lincoln in April of that year: When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d, I SAY whatever tastes sweet to the most perfect person that is finally right: " Shut not your doors to me proud libraries,", " Small the theme of my Chant, yet the greatest—namely, One's-Self—", " SO far, and so far, and on toward the end,", " Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear I effuse", " Splendor of ended day floating and filling me,", " Manhattan's streets I saunter’d pondering,", " Now list to my morning's romanza, I tell the signs of the Answerer,", Leaves of Grass (Book XII.) 4. "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is a long poem written by American poet Walt Whitman (1819–1892) as an elegy to President Abraham Lincoln. It does what its title (added later) announces, with Whitman writing about his own body and its various components – but concluding that these are also part of his soul, since soul and body are one. ", " Thou reader throbbest life and pride and love the same as I,", " OF what I write from myself—As if that were not the, " Of Equality—as if it harm’d me, giving others the same chances and", " Of justice—as If could be any thing but the same ample law,", " Of persons arrived at high positions, ceremonies, wealth,", " As I sit with others at a great feast, suddenly while the music is playing,", " Of ownership—as if one fit to own things could not at pleasure enter", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXIII. Beat! Who would sign himself a candidate for my affections …. Good-bye my Fancy), " To get betimes in Boston town I rose this morning early,", Leaves of Grass (Book XX. Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, discussion of this iconic William Carlos Williams poem, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History, The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem, Podcast Ideas and Outline – Natural thoughts. You male or female! ", " Yet, yet, ye downcast hours, I know ye also,", " A song, a poem of itself—the word itself a dirge,", " You lingering sparse leaves of me on winter-nearing boughs,", " Youth, large, lusty, loving—youth full of grace, force, fascination,", This page was last edited on 30 June 2020, at 06:52. This connection between the spider’s activities and the speaker’s soul – both of which are patiently yet desperately striving to achieve a link or bridge between themselves and something else – is reinforced by the grammar in the opening two lines. As I Lay With My Head in Your Lap Camerado. " Arguably there couldn’t be a more apt context for Doty’s book about his lifelong exploration of — and through — the great American poet Walt Whitman. bugles! 10 of the Best Walt Whitman Poems Everyone Should Read 1. ", " Something startles me where I thought I was safest,", " THIS day, O soul, I give you a wondrous mirror;", Leaves of Grass (Book XXII. And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead? It was written in the summer of 1865 during a period of profound national mourning in the aftermath of … ", " O magnet-south! Beat! Reblogged this on creativebentofmind and commented: A boy watches two mockingbirds nesting on a beach; but one day he notices that the mother bird hasn’t returned to the nest. Sands at Seventy), " The devilish and the dark, the dying and diseas’d,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXV. Considered one of America's … Note that Whitman does not deny the individuality of these workers who are grouped together by their jobs: instead, each is ‘singing what belongs to him or her and to none else’. Children of Adam. flag of teeming life! A list of poems by Walt Whitman Born on May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman is the author of Leaves of Grass and, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of … Indeed, ‘follower’ is a suggestive word for the poet to use, implying a disciple of sorts and inviting comparisons with religious leaders, even founders or central figures of new religions, such as Jesus Christ. They aren’t superior to men for their intelligence. However, many of his readers have disagreed, and think this among his finest. Reblogged on creativebentofmind. Sometimes with one I love I fill myself with rage for fear … And thought of him I love …. Because of this strong connection between music and poetry, Whitman often wrote his poems in a way that mimicked the natural rhythms of recitation and music. Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) ", " Years of the modern! Walt Whitman style poems do not all have a set meter and in some of his works he writes in free verse. As I lay with my head in your lap camerado,", " As I sit writing here, sick and grown old,", " As I walk these broad majestic days of peace,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXII. What better way to continue our brief introduction to one of America’s best poets than with a poem praising the many different people in his nation and the various songs they sing? Over the sterile sands and the fields beyond, where the child leaving his bed wander’d alone, bareheaded, barefoot …. The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, why do you tantalize me thus? by Walt Whitman – This poem was written around 1861 when the American Civil War was beginning. Walt Whitman was born in West, Hills, Long Island, New York. He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem. Walt Whitman [1819-1892] Is possibly the most influential American poet of his era, and his volume 'Leaves of Grass' [first published 1848 and expanded in later volumes] has been the inspiration for untold numbers of other fine poets Born on the 31st May 1819, Walt … In the second edition, it was called “Poem of Walt Whitman, an American,” which was shortened to simply “Walt Whitman” in the third edition. The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the begin- ning and the end, But I do not talk of … O furious! The best poems by Walt Whitman selected by Dr Oliver Tearle. Who is he that would become my follower? Without one thing all will be useless, Fallen cold and dead …. This short poem is divided into two stanzas. 7. The central topic of the poem is that the war would be a fair gesture. In my life I have been doing wrong and I want to do good. why myself and all drowsing? Who Was Walt Whitman? hands; … ", " Starting from fish-shape Paumanok where I was born,", " Have you learn’d lessons only of those who admired you, and were", " All submit to them where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable to", " That music always round me, unceasing, unbeginning, yet long", " That shadow my likeness that goes to and fro seeking a livelihood,", " While my wife at my side lies slumbering, and the wars are over long,", " Brave, brave were the soldiers (high named to-day) who lived through", " That coursing on, whate’er men's speculations,", " Skirting the river road, (my forenoon walk, my rest,)", " To-day, with bending head and eyes, thou, too, Columbia,', " In some unused lagoon, some nameless bay,', " Amid these days of order, ease, prosperity,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXIV. ", " After a long, long course, hundreds of years, denials,", " Look down fair moon and bathe this scene,", " I was asking for something specific and perfect for my city,", " Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,", " How sweet the silent backward tracings! Leaves of Grass (Book XXX. I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, ", " Over the carnage rose prophetic a voice,", " Wild, wild the storm, and the sea high running,", " Pensive on her dead gazing I heard the Mother of All,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXIII. In author's thoughts, the society has surpassed planned religion altogether with its relative hierarchies and regulations. Read it out loud to hear if you have incorporated the correct meter, if you chose to … Autumn Rivulets) ; The Patriotic Poems II (Poems of After-War), Spirit Whose Work Is Done [Washington City, 1865], " Spirit whose work is done—spirit of dreadful hours! Most famous poem by Whitman, ‘Song of Myself’ is a mesmerizing mixture of romanticism and realism. O pioneers! Library of America books are part of a large continuing project to make sure important works of American literature will always be available. 9. It appeared in Leaves of Grass and is charged with erotic, sensual language, suggesting the importance of the physical body to Whitman’s poetics, and the close relationship he envisions between himself and his reader. All of Walt Whitman Poems. Drum-Taps) ; The Patriotic Poems II (Poems of After-War), Leaves of Grass (Book XXII. heart! My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, ", " Poets to come! …. If you enjoyed this pick of Whitman’s greatest poems, you might also enjoy these classic poems by Wallace Stevens, our discussion of this iconic William Carlos Williams poem, and our pick of Sylvia Plath’s best poems. The first observes the ‘noiseless patient spider’ of the poem’s title: A noiseless patient spider, I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, But I do not talk of … I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Out of the cradle endlessly rocking, Pingback: Podcast Ideas and Outline – Natural thoughts. you do not know how longingly I look upon you,", " Many things to absorb I teach to help you become eleve of mine;", " I heard that you ask’d for something to prove this puzzle the New World,", Leaves of Grass (Book I. Inscriptions) ; The Patriotic Poems IV (Poems of Democracy), " I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as", " From all the rest I single out you, having a message for you,", " To the garden the world anew ascending,", " To the leaven’d soil they trod calling I sing for the last,", " Thou who hast slept all night upon the storm,", " Have I no weapon-word for thee—some message brief and fierce? In Leaves of Grass (1855, 1891-2), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. Out of the mocking-bird’s throat, the musical shuttle, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. From Noon to Starry Night) ; The Patriotic Poems I (Poems of War), " I stand as on some mighty eagle's beak,", " FROM my last years, last thoughts I here bequeath,", " From Paumanok starting I fly like a bird,", " Forms, qualities, lives, humanity, language, thoughts,", " Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXI. Books are unread. And what I assume you shall assume, And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul? thou hot October noon! The cry uttered by the male bird as it calls for its mate awakens something deep within the young boy, in one of Whitman’s most touching poems (although it was branded ‘unmixed and hopeless drivel’ by one reviewer; it’s rumoured that the response published in the same newspaper shortly afterwards, praising Whitman’s poem, was penned by none other than Whitman himself). I sing the body electric, questions, the focus on the self. I am not what you supposed, but far different. Like ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’, this poem was written in the wake of Lincoln’s death in 1865, and is slightly different from much of Whitman’s best-known poetry in that it has a more regular rhyme scheme. In order to prove ourselves worthy as a ‘candidate’ for the poet’s ‘affections’, we need to show that we’ve got the mettle, the strength, the open mind, the ability to abandon old views and subscribe to new ones, which the poet demands of his readers. http://whitmanarchive.org. You can read about 10 of the Best War Poems here. ", " O you whom I often and silently come where you are that I may be with you,", " Of him I love day and night I dream’d I heard he was dead,", " Of that blithe throat of thine from arctic bleak and blank,", " Of the visages of things - And of piercing through to the accepted hells beneath;", " A thousand perfect men and women appear,", " The touch of flame—the illuminating fire—the loftiest look at last,", " From east and west across the horizon's edge,", " Far hence amid an isle of wondrous beauty,", " Far back, related on my mother's side,", " In midnight sleep of many a face of anguish,", " On journeys through the States we start,", " Once I pass’d through a populous city imprinting my brain for future", " One hour to madness and joy! Walt Whitman was an American poet whose verse collection 'Leaves of Grass' is a landmark in the history of American literature. Sometimes with One I Love. ", " O me! And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul? This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and … Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. Songs of Parting) ; The Patriotic Poems II (Poems of After-War), " Only themselves understand themselves and the like of themselves,", Leaves of Grass (Book XVII. Where better to begin our pick of Whitman’s best poems than here, with the poem which seems best to embody his call for literary independence and self-expression? Walt Whitman, Poetry & Prose, The Library of America Volume Slipcased In New Condition. Below are ten of Whitman’s greatest poems which demonstrate how he did this. Although Whitman was a pioneer of free verse and often wrote long, expansive poems, ‘I Hear America Singing’ is just eleven lines long, though Whitman crams a lot into those eleven lines. ", " Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,", Leaves of Grass (Book V. Calamus) ; The Patriotic Poems IV (Poems of Democracy), Leaves of Grass (Book XVII. Walt Whitman and his Poems Regarded as one of America's greatest poets, Walt Whitman joins the ranks of Dante, Shakespeare, Virgil and Homer in terms of artistry and exceptional skill in the written words. ; The Patriotic Poems IV (Poems of Democracy), " By broad Potomac's shore, again old tongue,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXII. The poem became among his best-known, to the extent that Whitman almost regretted writing it later. O glistening perfumed South! of the questions of these recurring,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXIV. This is a simple poem, dedicated to exploring an idea of democratic empathy. Memories of President Lincoln) ; The Patriotic Poems II (Poems of After-War), " I dream’d in a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the", " I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,", Leaves of Grass (Book I. Inscriptions) ; The Patriotic Poems III (Poems of America), " I hear it was charged against me that I sought to destroy institutions,", I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ, " I heard you solemn-sweet pipes of the organ as last Sunday morn I", " I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,", " I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all", " I was looking a long while for Intentions,", "I N former songs Pride have I sung, and Love, and passionate, joyful", " Not to exclude or demarcate, or pick out evils from their formidable", " THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;", " Ever the undiscouraged, resolute, struggling soul of man;", " The two old, simple problems ever intertwined,", " Locations and times—what is it in me that meets them all, whenever", " LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me—O if I could but obtain knowledge! Whispers of Heavenly Death) ; " AS one by one withdraw the lofty actors", " As the Greek's signal flame, by antique records told", " As the time draws nigh glooming a cloud,", " As toilsome I wander’d Virginia's woods,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXIII. Yourself, forever and ever! by Walt Whitman . From Noon to Starry Night), " Through the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,", " This latent mine—these unlaunch’d voices—passionate powers,", " A glimpse through an interstice caught,", " Hold it up sternly—see this it sends back, (who is it? ", " PRIMEVAL my love for the woman I love,", " Let that which stood in front go behind,", " Rise O days from your fathomless deeps, till you loftier, fiercer sweep,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXI. Whitman’s title, ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’, refers to the moment he learned that President Abraham Lincoln had died, in April 1865. One of Whitman's finest works - Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, featured various themes including friendship, nature, democracy and love. Drums! From Noon to Starry Night) ; The Patriotic Poems III (Poems of America), " Nor alone those camps of white, old comrades of the wars,", " A line in long array where they wind betwixt green islands,", " Chanting the square deific, out of the One advancing, out of the sides,", " Come up from the fields father, here's a letter from our Pete,", " Nothing is ever really lost, or can be lost,", " Flood-tide below me! 7 It is not to diffuse you that you were born of your mother and father—it is to identify you; It is not that you should be undecided, but that you should be decided; Something long preparing and formless is arrived and form'd in you, You are henceforth secure, whatever comes or goes. The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, my Captain! In short, Walt Whitman isn’t simply saying ‘read my poetry’: he’s offering Leaves of Grass as something approaching a new philosophy or religion, almost as if it’s a holy text of sorts. flag of stars! Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them …. years of the unperform’d! Steel engraving of Walt Whitman, July 1854. Drum-Taps) ; The Patriotic Poems III (Poems of America), " Good-bye my fancy—(I had a word to say,", " Grand is the seen, the light, to me—grand are the sky and stars,", " GREAT are the myths—I too delight in them;", " Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting,", " HOURS continuing long, sore and heavy-hearted,", How Solemn As One by One [Washington City, 1865], Leaves of Grass (Book XXI. While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; Autumn Rivulets), " As I ebbed with an ebb of the ocean of life,". I loafe and invite my soul, ", " More experiences and sights, stranger, than you'd think for;", " I see the sleeping babe nestling the breast of its mother,", " After surmounting three-score and ten,", " Did we count great, O soul, to penetrate the themes of mighty books,", " In a little house keep I pictures suspended, it is not a fix’d house,", " Native moments—when you come upon me—ah you are here now,", " Not heaving from my ribb’d breast only,", " NOT my enemies ever invade me—no harm to my pride from", " Not the pilot has charged himself to bring his ship into port,", " Now precedent songs, farewell—by every name farewell,", " O Captain! Drum-Taps) ; The Patriotic Poems I (Poems of War) ; " A song of the rolling earth, and of words according,". " Its publication in 1855 is seen as a turning point in American poetry. our fearful trip is done,", " O hymen! I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, Come, my tan-faced children, Having a meter is not required but is a tool that you can use to convey emotion, as Walt Whitman does. ", " What ship puzzled at sea, cons for the true reckoning? ", Leaves of Grass (Book XXIII.) Walt Whitman's achievement as a poet and prophet is truly monumental. When Whitman’s 1855 volume Leaves of Grass was published at Whitman’s own expense – the first edition containing just a dozen untitled poems, although he would continue to expand and develop the collection for the rest of his life – ‘Song of Myself’ headed the collection. heart! They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, Drum-Taps) ; The Patriotic Poems Epilogue, " Roaming in thought over the Universe, I saw the little that is Good", " Roots and leaves themselves alone are these,", " Thither as I look I see each result and glory retracing itself and". " O hymenee! Drum-Taps) ; The Patriotic Poems I (Poems of War), Leaves of Grass (Book XXX. Leaves of Grass (Book XXI. It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, WALT WHITMAN was born in Westhills, Long Island, May 31, 1819, in a farm-house overlooking the sea. ", " NOW, dearest comrade, lift me to your face,", " To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist", To The States [To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 18th Presidentiad], " Why reclining, interrogating? ', " Ah, whispering, something again, unseen,", " To think of time—of all that retrospection,", " Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why", " Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams,", " The appointed winners in a long-stretch’d game;", " Let the reformers descend from the stands where they are forever", " Old farmers, travelers, workmen (no matter how crippled or bent,)", " Down on the ancient wharf, the sand, I sit, with a new-comer chatting:", " Unfolded out of the folds of the woman man comes unfolded, and is", " Nations ten thousand years before these States, and many times ten", Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night, " Vigil strange I kept on the field one night;", " A mask, a perpetual natural disguiser of herself,", " Vocalism, measure, concentration, determination, and the divine", " Warble me now for joy of lilac-time, (returning in reminiscence,)", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXII. In its original iteration, it did not have a title. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Autumn Rivulets) ; The Patriotic Poems III (Poems of America), " The prairie-grass dividing, its special odor breathing,", " For the lands and for these passionate days and for myself,', " On a flat road runs the well-train’d runner,", The Sobbing of the Bells [Midnight, Sept. 19-20, 1881], " The sobbing of the bells, the sudden death-news everywhere,", " On my Northwest coast in the midst of the night a fishermen's group", " Here first the duties of to-day, the lessons of the concrete,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXIV. ); The Patriotic Poems III (Poems of America), " A carol closing sixty-nine—a resume—a repetition,", " Silent and amazed even when a little boy,", " Welcome, Brazilian brother—thy ample place is ready;", " This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,", Leaves of Grass (Book XXXII. As I sit in twilight late alone by the flickering oak-flame,: Leaves of Grass (Book XXXV. From Noon to Starry Night) ; The Patriotic Poems II (Poems of After-War), " What am I after all but a child, pleas’d with the sound of my own", The Patriotic Poems IV (Poems of Democracy), " WHAT General has a good army in himself, has a good army;", " WHAT place is besieged, and vainly tries to raise the siege? Walt Whitman (1819-92), with his innovative free verse and celebration of the American landscape, made his poetry a sort of literary declaration of independence, seeking to move away from the literary tradition associated with the Old World and forge a new, distinctly American literature. Whitman is not desperately seeking followers. Walt Whitman (/ ˈ hw ɪ t m ə n /; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist.A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works.Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. At the time, Whitman was visiting his mother and brother at his mother’s home in New York; he stepped out the door and observed that the lilacs were blooming. ", " As one by one withdraw the lofty actors,", " HE is wisest who has the most caution,", " Delicate cluster! ", " If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,", " Who are you dusky woman, so ancient hardly human,", Europe [The 72d and 73d Years of These States], " Suddenly out of its stale and drowsy lair, the lair of slaves,", " Who has gone farthest? Chanted praises to the body Electric ’.. and discorrupt them, and found beauty and … by walt was... 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