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O Me! O Life! - Poem by Walt Whitman


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 about O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman

  • Gold Star - 15,824 Points Adeeb Alfateh (5/29/2019 1:13:00 AM)

    rated great 10++++++++++++++++++ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 15,824 Points Adeeb Alfateh (5/29/2019 1:13:00 AM)

    Of eyes that vainly crave the light- of the objects mean- of the
    struggle ever renew'd;

    great
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  • Rookie Angie Malika (5/9/2019 1:44:00 AM)

    Uncle Walt thanks 4 this.....uuuuuuuuu are the best in Universe (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 6,557 Points Sharron Stephenson (7/24/2018 7:09:00 AM)

    life can one way or another (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Philip Emile (7/2/2018 8:08:00 AM)

    A very constructive write up (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie tupac is still alive (5/10/2018 2:08:00 PM)

    git gud bro but let me take 1 more hit from u juul fam (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 87,432 Points Savita Tyagi (12/30/2017 9:20:00 AM)

    Yes that is all we can do. Contribute a verse..... (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 4,291 Points Feipeng Shang (11/1/2017 7:37:00 PM)

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

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  • Rookie Jared Washburn (6/4/2013 11:16:00 AM)

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

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  • Rookie Praneeth Kandula (10/23/2012 2:43:00 PM)

    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..! ! . (Report) Reply

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  2. 2. Life
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  3. 3. Life In A Love
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  5. 5. Love In A Life
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  6. 6. The Buried Life
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  7. 7. Life In A Bottle
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  8. 8. Full Of Life, Now
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  14. 14. Life Is What Life Is
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  15. 15. An Image From A Past Life
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Life Poems

  1. Life

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  2. Life In A Love

    Escape me? Never--- Beloved! While I am I, and you are you, So long as the world contains us both, Me the loving and you the loth While the one eludes, must the other pursue. My life is a fault at last, I fear: It seems too much like a fate, indeed! Though I do my best I shall scarce succeed. But what if I fail of my purpose here? It is but to keep the nerves at strain, To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall, And, baffled, get up and begin again,--- So the chace takes up one's life ' that's all. While, look but once from your farthest bound At me so deep in the dust and dark, No sooner the old hope goes to ground Than a new one, straight to the self-same mark, I shape me--- Ever Removed!

  3. Love In A Life

    I. Room after room, I hunt the house through We inhabit together. Heart, fear nothing, for, heart, thou shalt find her--- Next time, herself!---not the trouble behind her Left in the curtain, the couch's perfume! As she brushed it, the cornice-wreath blossomed anew: Yon looking-glass gleaned at the wave of her feather. II. Yet the day wears, And door succeeds door; I try the fresh fortune--- Range the wide house from the wing to the centre. Still the same chance! She goes out as I enter. Spend my whole day in the quest,---who cares? But 'tis twilight, you see,---with such suites to explore, Such closets to search, such alcoves to importune!

  4. A Psalm Of Life

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