Walt Whitman

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

A Child's Amaze - Poem by Walt Whitman


SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his
statements,
As contending against some being or influence.


Comments about A Child's Amaze by Walt Whitman

  • Britte Ninad (6/11/2018 4:04:00 AM)


    I am amazed; silent prayer. Just praying I am; asking nothing. God is before me. But I am not before GOD! obscurity touches the Sunday light; Sunday heart; Sunday holy Verses! I am praying and forgetting what I am asking. Still I am asking nothing. Behind me a darkness and before the obscurity.

    On the stalk of rose I am less of honey......
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  • Mohit Katyal (11/8/2017 1:12:00 PM)


    🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 hats off (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2016 4:56:00 PM)


    Am I mistaken? The way I first interpreted that last line sends to suggest he thought the preacher would always imply God was contending against some being or influence...was he, the child, by his innocence, able to see the preacher apostasize while the rest of the congregation couldn't see or hear the duplicity? I know I'm over thinking it but I just wanted to know if anyone else was seeing it this way too... (Report) Reply

  • (12/23/2016 4:52:00 PM)


    Am I mistaken? The way I first interpreted that last line sends to suggest he thought the preacher would always imply God was contending against some being or influence...was he, the child, by his innocence, able to see the preacher apostasize while the rest of the congregation (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus (5/5/2014 11:18:00 AM)


    What I'm puzzling through with A Child's Amaze is the final line: As contending against some being or influence. The way this line is written, I'm not sure if Walt Whitman meant that the preacher himself was contending with some being or influence by putting God into his statements or if the preacher was putting God into his statements to help his parish contend with some being or influence. Is Walt Whitman cynical in this poem or merely reporting an ordinary church experience? Is this poem a commentary? I'm not sure, based on the way the final line is composed. I don't like this poem as much as some of his other works. (Report) Reply

  • (4/25/2014 3:36:00 AM)


    Though short in lines the meaning is great and poem is also meaningful . (Report) Reply

  • (1/4/2014 6:42:00 AM)


    A revelation to the existence of evil...as spoken by man. (Report) Reply

  • (5/7/2013 12:44:00 AM)


    a strong feeling and opinion in a few words, but yet not one to which i can connect or understand.
    My opinion only, but If a poem is a reflection of a poets thought/feeling then this would be a strong part of Whitman.
    That said, it leaves little for a reader to connect to without the same sharing of understanding.
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  • Macanthony Chijioke Nwatu (5/5/2013 5:12:00 PM)


    Niceeeee i love it. That is what. it should be (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2013 11:13:00 AM)


    Very very Great poet. (Report) Reply

  • Dhivya Thiyagarajan (5/5/2012 12:39:00 PM)


    It is a nice poem. The words are so powerful in it (Report) Reply

  • Claudia Krizay (5/5/2011 4:08:00 PM)


    I don't read trashy novels often but I may have once and never read more because I didn't like it. I gather that Johnny reads porn because he is sexually disturbed. This poem is weak and meaningless to me. (Report) Reply

  • Manolo Del Toro (5/5/2011 10:16:00 AM)


    what i gather from this is that claudia reads trashy novels. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (5/5/2011 9:39:00 AM)


    So strong the power of words, so brilliant the construction with limited words, I can't think the very writing of past days, it confronts the time today when religious leaders leading the community to fought against the people of different religion. It is truth that sometimes common devoted people are being used by some people who dressed themselves by the name of almighty but some dark bossing tendency still exist under their veil to dominate the others. And domination always seeks some lame excuses to be accepted by others by the name of higher authority...may it be by the name of political doctrine or by the name of God. After all, a very good choice by the PH when the globe facing a yellow story of erasing the controversial abscond terrorist leader of a particular religious community. (Report) Reply

  • Claudia Krizay (5/5/2011 6:36:00 AM)


    Sounds like a sentence out of some trashy novel. (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (5/5/2010 12:59:00 PM)


    Even though Walt Whitman is not one of my favorites, this poem is direct to the business at hand and says so much with so little. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (5/5/2010 8:02:00 AM)


    There are so many better poems by Walt Whitman than the one above! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (5/5/2010 7:39:00 AM)


    Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, some new poems! (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2009 11:17:00 PM)


    sir
    no doubt what is heard or taught in the childhood will remain with him all the time.if it is about GOd his matured mind has to pick it up later. let us not enforce
    sury surya
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  • (5/5/2009 8:05:00 PM)


    must disagree with you Mr. Straw...Whitman is my favorite American poet...and much of what came after in literature and poetry would have never happened without him...Leaves Of Grass is a must read for any aspiring poet...peace & poetics (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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