Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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A Child's Amaze

Rating: 2.9

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.
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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021
from the silent heart of boy God writes the future father!
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Bhagabat Prasad Hotta 09 November 2018
So great thought.....I remembered my childhood....so nice......
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Britte Ninad 11 June 2018
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 08 November 2017
???????????? hats off
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Vincent Feliciano 23 December 2016
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...
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Vincent Feliciano 23 December 2016
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
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Michelle Claus 05 May 2014
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.
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Though short in lines the meaning is great and poem is also meaningful .
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Walter White 04 January 2014
A revelation to the existence of evil...as spoken by man.
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Joeline Rayment 07 May 2013
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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