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Walt Whitman

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

Lessons


THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;
But I teach lessons of war and death to those I love,
That they readily meet invasions, when they come.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Kristina Carter (12/16/2005 10:13:00 AM)

    In this poem, Whitman kind of talks about how people shelter each other in only letting them see the good things, when the bad side of everything is just as important as the good things, and needs to be taught so that people can learn their 'lesson.' (Report) Reply

  • Chea Smith (12/14/2005 11:03:00 AM)

    Walt Whitman is basically trying to say that the world isn't perfect. And that it isn't safe for kids to perceive it that way, let alone grown men and women. I like this poem and appreciate its meaning. (Report) Reply

  • James Fortune (12/2/2005 10:56:00 AM)

    Whitman says that while some people only talk about the happy things in life he understands the dark things, such as war and death and he prepares for these things, because he knows they will happen to everyone (Report) Reply

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