I Hear America Singing Poem by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing

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I Hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics- each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat- the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench- the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter's song- the ploughboy's, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother- or of the young wife at work- or of the girl sewing or washing- Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day- At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

I Hear America Singing
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Dimitri Boukas 16 March 2008

This poem is absolutely inspirational. After reading this poem it made me rethink about how i take granted of things. Just yesterday i didn't even use protection while intercourse with my wife. If i had used protection, who knows how good of a life i would have today? Thank you Walt Whitman for writing and crafting this amazing poem.

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Riquetta Elliott 24 January 2008

Walt Whitman is letting all the the Americans sing. He has just a way with words.

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Jane Moon 14 May 2009

Here is the grand 'symphony' of all people of America, each in his occupation, each reflecting the breadth and power of the people of this great country. This poem represents everyone, all together comprising the greatness and richness of this land and its many diverse and committed people.

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Terry Craddock 24 September 2015

manual work, what songs were sung by sinew and muscle, by honest sweat hard work, invested in labour done well; how this sings of love for life, for gratitude appreciation for the work of the hands, faith in all hands to the well, contributing to a common prosperity, when workers earned their pay and were paid in an appropriate living wage

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Terry Craddock 20 November 2015

Good Historical American Work Ethics fools say old fashioned values are bad... but old fashioned values are good! ! ! manual work what songs were sung by sinew muscle by honest sweat hard work invested in labour done well how this sings of love for life for gratitude appreciation for the work of the hands faith in all hands to the well wheel contributing to a common prosperity when workers earned their pay were paid in an appropriate living wage individuals prospered communities prospered all prospered Copyright © Terence George Craddock Inspired by the poem 'I Hear America Singing' by Walt Whitman. Dedicated to the life and poetry of Walt Whitman.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021

The day what belongs to the day--At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs... superb and fantastic poem penned

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L Milton Hankins 23 August 2020

This is one of my favorite poems. Actually, in my opinion, I think it is Walt Whitman's best. It's a joyous poem about the songs the workmen sing as they go about their work..." their strong melodious songs."

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Alisha Castle 07 January 2016

Good work.......................

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