When I Heard The Learned Astronomer Poem by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

New York / United States

When I Heard The Learned Astronomer

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When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Michael Walker 19 September 2019

Not much time for the learned astronomer, who is a bore. Looking up at the starry night is better than an astronomy lecture.

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Biggie Cheese 28 August 2018

Dis boi needs sum

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Ned Coates 25 March 2014

A nearly perfect poem in the changing sounds (pitch, internal rhyme or its absence, rhythm, and more) from pleasant to irritating to fatigue and then positive resolution marry sound effects with emotion so effectively. And what a marvelous resolution!

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Eric Fang 27 January 2014

In the poem “When I Heard the learned the learn’d astronomer”, Walt Whitman explores the concept that you can understand nature better just by sitting and observing over a variety of math equations and diagrams.

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