O Me! O Life! Poem by Walt Whitman

O Me! O Life!

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O ME! O life!... of the questions of these recurring;
Of the endless trains of the faithless--of cities fill'd with the
foolish;
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I,
and who more faithless?)
Of eyes that vainly crave the light--of the objects mean--of the
struggle ever renew'd;
Of the poor results of all--of the plodding and sordid crowds I see
around me;
Of the empty and useless years of the rest--with the rest me
intertwined;
The question, O me! so sad, recurring--What good amid these, O me, O
life?

Answer.

That you are here--that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jared Washburn 04 June 2013

This is the ultimate Walt Whitman...it says it all. The man seems to be able to put an optimistic, positive twist on everything.

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Swapnil Salvi 12 January 2010

Beautiful! ! ! ! Thats what i uttered when i read it.... Uncle Walt you are the best! !

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Praneeth Kandula 23 October 2012

indeed it is beautiful and not only that very inspiring too...i think this is the best poem hes ever written or i guess its only because i can relate to it more than with any of the others....! anyways reading this made my day..! ! .

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Feipeng Shang 01 November 2017

Everyone can contribute a verse if God's willing...O me! :)

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tupac is still alive 10 May 2018

git gud bro but let me take 1 more hit from u juul fam

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 08 November 2021

A powerful poem so well expressed amd crafted.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 25 January 2021

That you are here--that life exists, and identity; That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse....stupendous answer

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Poetic Sky 12 September 2020

Awesome poem in your own style...10

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Lee Boueri 14 August 2020

O' Captain my My Captain, Our fearful trip is done. Great poet.

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Erin Cowart 26 June 2020

What is the best way to " contribute a verse" in this life, do you think?

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