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(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

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Beautiful Women


WOMEN sit, or move to and fro--some old, some young;
The young are beautiful--but the old are more beautiful than the
young.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Jane Moon (5/14/2009 12:43:00 PM)

    Interesting, but this poem lacks lyrical qualities that could make it moving and significant.

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  • Paul Matteo (12/15/2005 10:13:00 AM)

    I guess i agree with those three about this poem. In my limited understanding of how to analyze what poetry means, it does seem that all whitman is saying is that even though young women are very attractive, older women have more to offer. Since the older women have more experiences that is probably what whitman is looking at, not neccessarily their looks.

  • Jeff Pinnell (12/9/2005 11:11:00 AM)

    i agree with stacy and mallory.. i think that the older women get the more wise and more caring they become.

  • Stacey Chaney (12/9/2005 11:08:00 AM)

    I like the poem because I think it means that with age women become more wise, caring, experience, loving, etc.

  • Mallory Goodman (12/9/2005 11:07:00 AM)

    I think this poem is discussing how older women are more experienced and wiser than younger women.

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