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All Is Truth - Poem by Walt Whitman

O ME, man of slack faith so long!
Standing aloof--denying portions so long;
Only aware to-day of compact, all-diffused truth;
Discovering to-day there is no lie, or form of lie, and can be none,
but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon
Or as any law of the earth, or any natural production of the earth

(This is curious, and may not be realized immediately--But it must be
I feel in myself that I represent falsehoods equally with the rest,
And that the universe does.)

Where has fail'd a perfect return, indifferent of lies or the truth?
Is it upon the ground, or in water or fire? or in the spirit of man?
or in the meat and blood? 10

Meditating among liars, and retreating sternly into myself, I see
that there are really no liars or lies after all,
And that nothing fails its perfect return--And that what are called
lies are perfect returns,
And that each thing exactly represents itself, and what has preceded
And that the truth includes all, and is compact, just as much as
space is compact,
And that there is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth--but
that all is truth without exception;
And henceforth I will go celebrate anything I see or am,
And sing and laugh, and deny nothing.

Comments about All Is Truth by Walt Whitman

  • Veteran Poet - 1,799 Points Panmelys Panmelys (2/7/2015 8:08:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful message of truth in all its onion skins, no part of life or nature can deny this, it is for humans to seek this in every way given to him or her to search and discover. Walt Whitman came to America when she mostly needed someone to put into language her enormous potential of future greatness, and indeed she is a remarkable example of unity, in all its cloak of many colors, in so short a space of time. Just 500 years and she has risen to become a worlwide power, and will continue to grow and expand, develop depth of wisdom as she spreads her wings and discovers all of Walt Whitman called - leaves of grass. A united nation has one flag, one anthem! Panmelys (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 146,242 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/25/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    sing and laugh and deny nothing. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Mccallum (2/12/2010 1:14:00 PM)

    I think the clue to what Walt is saying is the effect. The perfect return. That no idea, statement or action is in itself a truth or a lie. It is the consequence of the idea, statement or action, 'the perfect return' that embodies the truth. Consider the first chapter of James from the New Testament. How hardship is a blessing. You are the perfect result of the life you lived. The connection of opposites 'consider all your hardships a blessing, so as my truth my work may be complete in you.' No judgment no relativism, just perseverance. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Truth

  1. 1. All Is Truth , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. I Died For Beauty , Emily Dickinson
  3. 3. The Truth The Dead Know , Anne Sexton
  4. 4. Truth , Stephen Crane
  5. 5. A Brave And Startling Truth , Maya Angelou
  6. 6. Who Am I? , Carl Sandburg
  7. 7. Tell All The Truth , Emily Dickinson
  8. 8. Cassandra , Robinson Jeffers
  9. 9. Truth , Bacchylides
  10. 10. Do You Want Affidavits? , Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Truth and Falsehood , Arthur Guiterman
  12. 12. The Truth—is Stirless , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. The Wayfarer , Stephen Crane
  14. 14. Truth—is As Old As God , Emily Dickinson
  15. 15. Beyond The Moon , Vachel Lindsay
  16. 16. The Untrustworthy Speaker , Louise Gluck
  17. 17. Richard Bone , Edgar Lee Masters
  18. 18. When I Wrote A Little , Hayden Carruth
  19. 19. He Preached Upon 'Breadth' Till It Argue.. , Emily Dickinson
  20. 20. Recompense , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  21. 21. Just Once , Anne Sexton
  22. 22. The Woman And The Wife , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  23. 23. Everything That Acts Is Actual , Denise Levertov
  24. 24. A Poetry Reading At West Point , William Matthews
  25. 25. Sersmith The Dentist , Edgar Lee Masters
  26. 26. Late Summer , Edwin Arlington Robinson
  27. 27. The Dog , Ogden Nash
  28. 28. Sonnet Suggested By Homer, Chaucer, Shak.. , Delmore Schwartz
  29. 29. A Tenant Of Mrs. Van Kleeck , Henry Livingston Jr.
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