Walt Whitman

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

Beautiful Women - Poem by Walt Whitman

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

Topic(s) of this poem: women

Comments about Beautiful Women by Walt Whitman

  • Rookie - 0 Points Chris Bitmonki (6/20/2015 6:26:00 AM)

    I htink this poem nails it! Older women have experienced much more, have more fully and deeply entered into, and can thus more fully and deeply express true womanhood, through their carriage, their eyes, their movements, their emotions, their choice of attire. And I find the full flower of womanhood, in full living expression much more beautiful, there is so much more there to intrigue and to captivate a person than a young woman can possibly have. The young are indeed beautiful, they simply aren't fully women yet. My two cents, anyway. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Jane Moon (5/14/2009 12:43:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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