Walt Whitman

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

Look Down, Fair Moon - Poem by Walt Whitman

LOOK down, fair moon, and bathe this scene;
Pour softly down night's nimbus floods, on faces ghastly, swollen,
On the dead, on their backs, with their arms toss'd wide,
Pour down your unstinted nimbus, sacred moon.

Comments about Look Down, Fair Moon by Walt Whitman

  • Rookie Andrew Hoellering (1/5/2011 2:59:00 AM)


    I read Whitman’s intention here as ironic. Nature is indifferent to man’s inhumanity to man, disguising and making bearable even the most dreadful of sights. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Jane Moon (5/14/2009 1:46:00 PM)

    This short poem is symbolic - the dead, lying out in the open (presumably from the Civil War) , surely deserve honor and illumination by the eternal moon. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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