Treasure Island

Walt Whitman

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

Behavior


BEHAVIOR--fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself,
Nature and the Soul expressed--America and freedom expressed--In it
the finest art,
In it pride, cleanliness, sympathy, to have their chance,
In it physique, intellect, faith--in it just as much as to manage an
army or a city, or to write a book--perhaps more,
The youth, the laboring person, the poor person, rivalling all the
rest--perhaps outdoing the rest,
The effects of the universe no greater than its;
For there is nothing in the whole universe that can be more effective
than a man's or woman's daily behavior can be,
In any position, in any one of These States.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read poems about / on: sympathy, america, freedom, city, faith, pride, woman, nature, women

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Behavior by Walt Whitman )

Enter the verification code :

  • Kyle Miller (12/8/2005 10:46:00 AM)

    This poem comes across to me as a poem about a land of great diversities. Although people go about their daily activities regardless of who they are, they're behavior is what sets them apart from the rest. (Report) Reply

  • Kristine Petersen (12/8/2005 10:29:00 AM)

    To me it points out the differences between people, not depending on race, gender or all around looks, but by their behavior. Each person has their own behavior. And it's not only actions that determine the person but also they way the go about these actions. (Report) Reply

  • Stephen Cummins (12/2/2005 10:58:00 AM)

    the poem 'behavior' to me describes that the actions we choose to partake in can be the greatest determing factor of the remainder of our lives. bad choices lead down the wrong road, while the correct make your life easier and heading in the right direction to happiness. (Report) Reply

  • Briana Russo (12/2/2005 10:50:00 AM)

    Behavior is what defines a person in the world. Without expressing your purpose and character there is really no point to them. Walt Whitman is saying that therefore behavior is more 'effective' than anything else in the universe. (Report) Reply

Read all 4 comments »

New Poems

  1. Dragonflies, Barati Lesetlhe
  2. Spring Time, Barati Lesetlhe
  3. फैबाय, Ronjoy Brahma
  4. Eating Machines, Barati Lesetlhe
  5. Switch Up, Fareez Nasir
  6. थिरिँ बिरिँ #57, Ronjoy Brahma
  7. The Cleaner, Barati Lesetlhe
  8. MY JOURNEY, ging taping
  9. थिरिँ बिरिँ #56, Ronjoy Brahma
  10. glee, Paola Degli Esposti

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Louis Stevenson

It is very nice to think
The world is full of meat and drink,
With little children saying grace
In every Christian kind of place.... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Amy Lowell

 

Trending Poems

  1. I Remember, I Remember, Thomas Hood
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. Warning, Jenny Joseph
  4. On the Ning Nang Nong, Spike Milligan
  5. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  6. A Thought, Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  8. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  9. First Day at School, Roger McGough
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]