I Sit And Look Out Poem by Walt Whitman

I Sit And Look Out

Rating: 3.1

I SIT and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all
oppression and shame;
I hear secret convulsive sobs from young men, at anguish with
themselves, remorseful after deeds done;
I see, in low life, the mother misused by her children, dying,
neglected, gaunt, desperate;
I see the wife misused by her husband--I see the treacherous seducer
of young women;
I mark the ranklings of jealousy and unrequited love, attempted to be
hid--I see these sights on the earth;
I see the workings of battle, pestilence, tyranny--I see martyrs and
I observe a famine at sea--I observe the sailors casting lots who
shall be kill'd, to preserve the lives of the rest;
I observe the slights and degradations cast by arrogant persons upon
laborers, the poor, and upon negroes, and the like;
All these--All the meanness and agony without end, I sitting, look
out upon,
See, hear, and am silent. 10

Richard Wlodarski 25 February 2018

Such an excellent poem about all the injustices in the world. And how we all see and hear them, but remain silent. We just sit and do nothing. Almost nothing! Our poetry sometimes motivates readers. And if we're lucky, it stirs them into action!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 25 February 2018

Such a profound poem by Walt Whitman👍👍👍

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Edward Kofi Louis 25 February 2018

Upon all the sorrows of the world! ! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Nudershada Cabanes 25 February 2018

Whitman have written the ills of society he saw in his time and that same ills still persists today. Excellent poem.

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Narayana Aghalaya 25 February 2018

It is deeply disturbing - man's inhumanity to his fellow human beings - very beautifully captured in this small poem!

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Sindile 15 August 2022

What is this poem talks about in this story

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kwazy 27 May 2018

where could I get answers

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Seamus O Brian 25 February 2018

A powerful indictment of not only the ubiquitous commission of injustice, but also the ubiquitous omission of intervention.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 25 February 2018

A profound write depicting the real real world with self serving brutes and injustices perpetrated by them.

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Anil Kumar Panda 25 February 2018

Yeah, there are so much injustices in this world. Even you can't count. It is a nice poem.

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Walt Whitman

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