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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was a 19th century writer whose life's work, Leaves of Grass, made him one of the first American poets to gain international attention. Walt Whitman spent most of his young life in Brook…

Walt Whitman: Calamus

CalamusIn Paths UntroddenScented Herbage of My BreastWhoever You Are Holding Me Now in HandFor You, O DemocracyThese I Singing in SpringNot Heaving from My Ribb'd Breast OnlyOf the Terrible Do…

Walt Whitman: By the Roadside

By the RoadsideA Boston Ballad [1854]Europe [The 72d and 73d Years of These States]A Hand-MirrorGodsGermsThoughtsWhen I Heard the Learn'd AstronomerPerfectionsO Me! O Life!To a PresidentI Sit …

Walt Whitman: Inscriptions

InscriptionsOne's-Self I SingAs I Ponder'd in SilenceIn Cabin'd Ships at SeaTo Foreign LandsTo a HistorianTo Thee Old CauseEidolonsFor Him I SingWhen I Read the BookBeginning My StudiesBeginne…

Walt Whitman: To a Historian

To a HistorianYou who celebrate bygones, Who have explored the outward, the surfaces of the races, the life that has exhibited itself, Who have treated of man as the creature of politics, …

Walt Whitman: Eidolons

Eidolons I met a seer, Passing the hues and objects of the world, The fields of art and learning, pleasure, sense, To glean eidolons. Put in thy chants said he, No more the puzzli…

Walt Whitman: Beginners

BeginnersHow they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals,) How dear and dreadful they are to the earth, How they inure to themselves as much as to any—what a paradox appe…

Walt Whitman: To the States

To the StatesTo the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little, Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved, Once fully enslaved, no nation, state…

Walt Whitman: Savantism

SavantismThither as I look I see each result and glory retracing itself and nestling close, always obligated, Thither hours, months, years—thither trades, compacts, establishments, eve…

Walt Whitman: To You

To YouStranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?