Walt Whitman

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

This Dust Was Once The Man - Poem by Walt Whitman


THIS dust was once the Man,
Gentle, plain, just and resolute--under whose cautious hand,
Against the foulest crime in history known in any land or age,
Was saved the Union of These States.


Comments about This Dust Was Once The Man by Walt Whitman

  • Rookie Melissa Jones (12/2/2005 11:14:00 AM)

    I totally agree with you..you are totally right about it being about slavery and Lincon saving the union. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Cj Housh (12/2/2005 10:57:00 AM)

    Of course I'm right, and of course Cavanaugh agrees with me. Wait a minute, Cavanaugh, what are you doing here? *chases her out with a rolled up poetry book* (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nicole Green (12/2/2005 10:55:00 AM)

    I think you're right about the slavery thing. Thanks for posting that. I hadn't thought of that but now that you say it you're right. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cj Housh (12/2/2005 10:53:00 AM)

    I think 'the foulest crime in history' is slavery, and that it talks about Lincoln saving the union by despatching slavery. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nicole Green (12/2/2005 10:46:00 AM)

    I feel that Whitman had a lot of respect for Abraham Lincoln and his success in uniting American and that this poem was dedicated to him. I think that the 'foulest crime in history' might mean the Civil War but more likely the assassination of President Lincoln. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cavanaugh Greenwood (12/2/2005 10:34:00 AM)

    i agree with you totally! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cj Housh (12/2/2005 10:34:00 AM)

    Seems like another Abe Lincoln poem to me. He 'fought the foulest crime in history in any land or age' and 'saved the Union.' I think that, with reference to the first line, he is commenting about the ash being the remains of Abe Lincoln, a legend. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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