Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

When I Heard The Learned Astronomer - Poem by Walt Whitman

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,
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Form: Sonnet

Comments about When I Heard The Learned Astronomer by Walt Whitman

  • (3/25/2014 9:56:00 PM)

    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! (Report) Reply

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  • (1/27/2014 10:33:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

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