Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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A Riddle Song

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THAT which eludes this verse and any verse,
Unheard by sharpest ear, unform'd in clearest eye or cunningest mind,
Nor lore nor fame, nor happiness nor wealth,
And yet the pulse of every heart and life throughout the world
incessantly,
Which you and I and all pursuing ever ever miss,
Open but still a secret, the real of the real, an illusion,
Costless, vouchsafed to each, yet never man the owner,
Which poets vainly seek to put in rhyme, historians in prose,
Which sculptor never chisel'd yet, nor painter painted,
Which vocalist never sung, nor orator nor actor ever utter'd, 10
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Konab Ghumman 30 June 2019
so beautiful and inspiring For I know very well that I and robust love belong among you, inland, and along the Western Sea; For These States tend inland, and toward the Western Sea- and I will also.
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Ben Oshel 23 May 2018
“I AM”
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Kumarmani Mahakul 15 April 2018
Haply God's riddle it, so vague and yet so certain, The soul for it, and all the visible universe for it, And heaven at last for it........touching expression with nice theme. Beautiful poem.
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Ramesh T A 15 April 2018
A great riddle heaven indeed is that cannot be defined by all great geniuses, poets, leaders and all as Whitman says!
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Bernard F. Asuncion 15 April 2018
Such a great composition by Walt Whitman??????
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Edward Kofi Louis 15 April 2018
Open! ! But still a secret! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Shania K. Younce 10 May 2014
This is a beautiful poem. Bien!
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Ralph Mason 11 December 2012
I totally agree! I just started reading Walt Whitman and this one is my love.
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Alain Ilan Braun 19 September 2011
Just a magnificent and deep poem! It appeals to me as if it was freshly written, perhaps yesterday? People, poets, please comment this most beautiful song!
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