Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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All Is Truth

Rating: 2.9

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
itself,
Or as any law of the earth, or any natural production of the earth
does.
(This is curious, and may not be realized immediately--But it must be
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random 23 March 2021
the 'download image of this poem' link only pulls up a picture of part of the poem. it looks like it is cropped on the right.
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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021
All is truth on the base of present activity; all is peacefull on the stage of present enjoyment; we have to handle every present thougth the acute wind of truth then all shall be truth
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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 April 2019
Meditating among liars! What a fanciful exercise? An innovative theme and departure from routine.
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Kshirod Kumar Dehury 04 December 2017
i like this poem, i really enjoy your poem.10+++
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John Northern 15 December 2016
For me the key to this poem is in the first letter 'O'. As in zero, nothing, the opposition being everything, all. To know the truth of someting, it's matter, , is to consider its measurement, which is in effect, an infinite degree, consequently there are no truths in number, zero and infinity are opposite and equal at the same time.they co exist Our universe is eternal and created from nothing with infinite faith
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Panmelys Panmelys 07 February 2015
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
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Gajanan Mishra 25 June 2014
sing and laugh and deny nothing. I like it.
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James Mccallum 12 February 2010
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.
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seriz o 08 April 2008
how can there be any bond between two things that are exact opposites, really? some things can not and should not be determined by observations alone. even Satan takes the form of an angel of light. there are absolute truths. flawed views of sin cause us to romanticize that we could ever reconcile good and evil. relativism (not relativity) so effectively leads men astray, and ever so often, even the greatest of men.
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John Northern 15 December 2016
Nothing and everything are infinitely bonded. And give one of your absolute truths?
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nobody anonymous 27 August 2007
Truth and lies...what are the differences? Indeed, there are none, for the boundaries are obscured...the truth are twisted and tarnished as spinning of information is so widespread nowadays. Perhaps, we should all agree that the world was never meant to be black or white but grey....so true indeed the poem...all is truth for there are no lies...
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