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All Is Truth - Poem by Walt Whitman


O ME, man of slack faith so long!
Standing aloof--denying portions so long;
Only aware to-day of compact, all-diffused truth;
Discovering to-day there is no lie, or form of lie, and can be none,
but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon
itself,
Or as any law of the earth, or any natural production of the earth
does.

(This is curious, and may not be realized immediately--But it must be
realized;
I feel in myself that I represent falsehoods equally with the rest,
And that the universe does.)

Where has fail'd a perfect return, indifferent of lies or the truth?
Is it upon the ground, or in water or fire? or in the spirit of man?
or in the meat and blood? 10

Meditating among liars, and retreating sternly into myself, I see
that there are really no liars or lies after all,
And that nothing fails its perfect return--And that what are called
lies are perfect returns,
And that each thing exactly represents itself, and what has preceded
it,
And that the truth includes all, and is compact, just as much as
space is compact,
And that there is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth--but
that all is truth without exception;
And henceforth I will go celebrate anything I see or am,
And sing and laugh, and deny nothing.


Comments about All Is Truth by Walt Whitman

  • Silver Star - 3,026 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 7:16:00 AM)

    i like this poem, i really enjoy your poem.10+++ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points John Northern (12/15/2016 6:27:00 PM)

    For me the key to this poem is in the first letter 'O'. As in zero, nothing, the opposition being everything, all.
    To know the truth of someting, it's matter, , is to consider its measurement, which is in effect, an infinite degree, consequently there are no truths in number, zero and infinity are opposite and equal at the same time.they co exist
    Our universe is eternal and created from nothing with infinite faith (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,886 Points Panmelys Panmelys (2/7/2015 8:08:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful message of truth in all its onion skins, no part of life or nature can deny this, it is for humans to seek this in every way given to him or her to search and discover. Walt Whitman came to America when she mostly needed someone to put into language her enormous potential of future greatness, and indeed she is a remarkable example of unity, in all its cloak of many colors, in so short a space of time. Just 500 years and she has risen to become a worlwide power, and will continue to grow and expand, develop depth of wisdom as she spreads her wings and discovers all of Walt Whitman called - leaves of grass. A united nation has one flag, one anthem! Panmelys (Report) Reply

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Poems About Truth

  1. 1. All Is Truth , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. Sonnet 138: When My Love Swears That She.. , William Shakespeare
  3. 3. Truth , Geoffrey Chaucer
  4. 4. Tell All The Truth , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. A Legend Of Truth , Rudyard Kipling
  6. 6. This Side Of The Truth , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. The Truth Of Woman , Sir Walter Scott
  8. 8. The Simple Truth , Philip Levine
  9. 9. The Truth The Dead Know , Anne Sexton
  10. 10. If Truth In Hearts That Perish , Alfred Edward Housman
  11. 11. Truth—is As Old As God , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. The Truth In You , Sylvia Chidi
  13. 13. Loving In Truth, And Fain In Verse My Lo.. , Sir Philip Sidney
  14. 14. Search For Truth , David Herbert Lawrence
  15. 15. Truth , Stephen Crane
  16. 16. Sonnet I: Loving In Truth , Sir Philip Sidney
  17. 17. Dark Truth , Robert William Service
  18. 18. The Nakedness Of Truth (I Know It Well) , Paul Eluard
  19. 19. Time Of Truth , Linda Ori
  20. 20. 'Me And Teddy Bears - The Truth' (Exclus.. , Michael Shepherd
  21. 21. The Thread Of Truth , Arthur Hugh Clough
  22. 22. Truth , Sandra Osborne
  23. 23. Truth , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  24. 24. The Truth About Hhorace , Eugene Field
  25. 25. The Truth Is Blind , David Gascoyne
  26. 26. The Truth , Betty Ashe
  27. 27. Uncover The Truth , Jennifer Rondeau
  28. 28. When Truth Becomes The Enemy , Sarah L. Johnsen
  29. 29. (922) Hidden Truth , Melvina Germain
  30. 30. The Truth , jeanne harmon
  31. 31. - The Truth: : Humour, Inspiration , Alessandra Liverani
  32. 32. 0023 The Truth About Truth, Etc. , Michael Shepherd
  33. 33. The Truth—is Stirless , Emily Dickinson
  34. 34. Truth , jodi right
  35. 35. 0362 Party To Truth , Michael Shepherd
  36. 36. 0405 The Mountain Of Truth , Michael Shepherd
  37. 37. ((12) Beasts Of Truth , Luis Gil de la Puente
  38. 38. Sonnet Xi: In Truth, Oh Love , Sir Philip Sidney
  39. 39. 0421 Truth In Politics , Michael Shepherd
  40. 40. Truth Is Stranger Than Friction , Michael Shepherd
  41. 41. My Savior, On The Word Of Truth , Anna Laetitia Waring
  42. 42. The Truth , Dominica Wolf
  43. 43. The Truth About Life , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. Truth , Vanessa Castello
  45. 45. Truth 1 - Truth Is God , Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
  46. 46. Truth And Absolute Truth , Gajanan Mishra
  47. 47. "Truth&Quot; (With An Apology To Sh.. , Dr. Elbert R. Moses, Jr.
  48. 48. Truth 4 - Satyameva Jayate - Truth Alw.. , Dr. Geeta Radhakrishna Menon
  49. 49. Age Of Truth , Charles M Moore
  50. 50. (2003) Truth , Deana Rode
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