Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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City Of Ships

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CITY of ships!
(O the black ships! O the fierce ships!
O the beautiful, sharp-bow'd steam-ships and sail-ships!)
City of the world! (for all races are here;
All the lands of the earth make contributions here;)
City of the sea! city of hurried and glittering tides!
City whose gleeful tides continually rush or recede, whirling in and
out, with eddies and foam!
City of wharves and stores! city of tall façades of marble and iron!
Proud and passionate city! mettlesome, mad, extravagant city!
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COMMENTS
Castellenas John 01 April 2019
Powerful words and thoughts shared by the great writer.
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Riquetta Elliott 08 October 2007
Or possibly he is writing his feeling about his city.
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Riquetta Elliott 08 October 2007
I agree with Briana beacuse maybe he's talking about the Civil War or he is just writing about the city that he is feeling.
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Kyle Miller 08 December 2005
This poem comes across to me as a man that has grew up in a peaceful city but now the city has turned and he must attempt to restore it.
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Briana Russo 02 December 2005
Perhaps kristine, he isn't talking about a specific city, maybe the 'City of the world..' or perhaps America if he is talking about the Civil War. Or maybe he is just writing about a city in a general sense of the feeling of a city.
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Stephen Cummins 02 December 2005
i dont think Whitman is talking about a certain city in general but how all people feel of their hometown, where they grew and hope to live their life, to protect and care for, and preserve for ever
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Kristine Petersen 02 December 2005
I have no idea what city for sure he is talking about. He might be talking about New York. He is trying to encourage a city's patriotism for the Civil War.
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