Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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As I Sat Alone By Blue Ontario's Shores

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AS I sat alone, by blue Ontario's shore,
As I mused of these mighty days, and of peace return'd, and the dead
that return no more,
A Phantom, gigantic, superb, with stern visage, accosted me;
Chant me the poem, it said, that comes from the soul of America--
chant me the carol of victory;
And strike up the marches of Libertad--marches more powerful yet;
And sing me before you go, the song of the throes of Democracy.
(Democracy--the destin'd conqueror--yet treacherous lip-smiles
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Ramesh T A 25 September 2019
Independent American first and last, Poet Walt Whitman is simply magnanimous, marvelous and magnificent in his poetic out pouring of his inner spirit quite amazing to read through this majestic poem quite wonderful and inspiring!
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Kumarmani Mahakul 25 September 2019
And I saw the free Souls of poets; The loftiest bards of past ages strode before me, Strange, large men, long unwaked, undisclosed, were disclosed to me.......great write. Beautiful poem.
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Dr Antony Theodore 25 September 2019
We wield ourselves as a weapon is wielded, We are powerful and tremendous in ourselves, We are executive in ourselves- We are sufficient in the variety of ourselves, very good poem. tony
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Uche Nwanze 25 September 2019
A long but fascinating piece, worthy of accolades.
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Aniruddha Pathak 25 September 2019
As I sat alone... A typical Walt Whitman piece, a long poem that still retains its grip till the end.
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Susan Williams 25 September 2018
The essence of Whitman is contained in these lines: I will confront these shows of the day and night! / I will know if I am to be less than they! / I will see if I am not as majestic as they! / I will see if I am not as subtle and real as they! / I will see if I am to be less generous than they!
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Edward Kofi Louis 25 September 2018
A Nation announcing itself! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Adrian Flett 25 September 2018
Whitman calls on poets of America, of democracy, poets everywhere to 'tally the ocean's roar and the eagle's scream', and not to be gnats and dots. It is a long and patriotic poem.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 September 2018
NUMBER THREE: You, by my charm, I invoke! by Walt Whitman...............MY CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as The CLASSIC POEM OF THE DAY. to the family of WALT WHITMAN, USA Poet. Sincerely yours, Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch Poetess, Evangelist, Paintress, World Traveler
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Sylvia Frances Chan 25 September 2018
NUMBER TWO: (As a wheel turns on its axle, so I find my chants turning finally on the war ;) Bards of pride! Bards tallying the ocean's roar, and the swooping eagle's scream! ..................................continued NUMBER THREE, thank you You, by my charm, I invoke! by Walt Whitman..................
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