Walt Whitman
New York / United States
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Lessons

Rating: 2.9
THERE are who teach only the sweet lessons of peace and safety;
But I teach lessons of war and death to those I love,
That they readily meet invasions, when they come.
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Kristina Carter 16 December 2005
In this poem, Whitman kind of talks about how people shelter each other in only letting them see the good things, when the bad side of everything is just as important as the good things, and needs to be taught so that people can learn their 'lesson.'
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Chea Smith 14 December 2005
Walt Whitman is basically trying to say that the world isn't perfect. And that it isn't safe for kids to perceive it that way, let alone grown men and women. I like this poem and appreciate its meaning.
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James Fortune 02 December 2005
Whitman says that while some people only talk about the happy things in life he understands the dark things, such as war and death and he prepares for these things, because he knows they will happen to everyone
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