Walt Whitman

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

Walt Whitman Poems

41. As If A Phantom Caress'D Me 12/31/2002
42. As The Time Draws Nigh 12/31/2002
43. As Toilsome I Wander'D 12/31/2002
44. As Toilsome I Wander'D Virginia's Woods 1/3/2003
45. Ashes Of Soldiers 12/31/2002
46. Assurances 12/31/2002
47. Bathed In War's Perfume 12/31/2002
48. Beat! Beat! Drums! 12/31/2002
49. Beautiful Women 12/31/2002
50. Beginners 12/31/2002
51. Beginning My Studies 12/31/2002
52. Behavior 12/31/2002
53. Behold This Swarthy Face 12/31/2002
54. Bivouac On A Mountain Side 1/3/2003
55. Broadway 6/16/2015
56. Brother Of All, With Genesrous Hand 12/31/2002
57. By Broad Potomac's Shore 12/31/2002
58. By The Bivouac's Fitful Flame 12/31/2002
59. Camps Of Green 12/31/2002
60. Carol Of Occupations 12/31/2002
61. Carol Of Words 12/31/2002
62. Cavalry Crossing A Ford 12/31/2002
63. Chanting The Square Deific 12/31/2002
64. City Of Orgies 12/31/2002
65. City Of Ships 12/31/2002
66. Come Up From The Fields, Father 12/31/2002
67. Come, Said My Soul 1/3/2003
68. Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 12/31/2002
69. Darest Thou Now, O Soul 12/31/2002
70. Debris 12/31/2002
71. Delicate Cluster 12/31/2002
72. Despairing Cries 12/31/2002
73. Dirge For Two Veterans 12/31/2002
74. Drum-Taps 12/31/2002
75. Earth! My Likeness! 12/31/2002
76. Eidólons 12/31/2002
77. Election Day, November, 1884 6/19/2015
78. Elemental Drifts 12/31/2002
79. Ethiopia Saluting The Colors 12/31/2002
80. Europe, The 72d And 73d Years Of These States 12/31/2002

Comments about Walt Whitman

  • Muzahidul Reza Muzahidul Reza (11/2/2016 2:09:00 PM)

    One of the successful poets in his time and even at present whose writings affect many readers of his writings.....

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  • Tapati Ray (4/5/2016 6:25:00 PM)

    I like his versatility.

  • Sam Mohammed (6/3/2015 3:21:00 AM)

    The poet that cannot be replaced, even by Shakespeare, because he is different, his poems are different, always inspiring

  • p.a. noushad p.a. noushad (5/8/2015 10:55:00 PM)

    Dear Walt Whitman, I feel bliss when I read some of your poems.

  • Panmelys Panmelys Panmelys Panmelys (3/28/2015 7:57:00 AM)

    I do not agree that the proof of being a good poet comes with admirations, or esteem shown by his /her counry. Walt was lucky America needed desperately to find a new voice - and he was there - and what a voice - though only on the page, for he was soft spoken. But when you think of all the unrecognized artists of the past, who today are considered geniuses it makes you think. Whatever happens, it seems it's only the few who count in the final run, and you can only hope posthumously you may make the grade of what one calls 'Great'. Panmelys

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  • Grace Moneymaker (12/23/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    My mom recently gave me Leaves of Grass to help with my Writer's Block and, being a curious young poet, I sat down and read the poems in the book. Within the first five minutes I got an idea for my short poem The Troubles of Midnight that I had been working on before. The book itself is very inspirational and despite my little sister's hate for poetry, especially mine, I will continue to write.

  • Wahab Abdul Wahab Abdul (12/12/2013 3:49:00 AM)

    In support of the idea of the increasing split between private and public in Whitman's works in the post-war years, as Whitman the lover of men gives way to the iconography of the good gray poet, many emphasize the changes that Whitman made in his Calamus poems after he was fired from his job at the Department of the Interior for moral turpitude. But here again, a close study of the changes that Whitman made in future editions of Leaves of Grass reveals no clear pattern of suppressing or even toning down his love poems to men. In fact, Whitman's decision to delete three poems from ‘Calamus’—‘Who Is Now Reading This? , ’ ‘I Thought That Knowledge Alone Would Suffice, ’ and ‘Hours Continuing Long’—suggests that he sought not to tone down or suppress his expression of manly love but rather to suppress the more negative dimensions of his love for men and to blur the distinction between public poet and private lover he set forth in ’Thought That Knowledge Alone Would Suffice.’

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  • Yacov Mitchenko (10/12/2012 6:34:00 AM)

    The case of Whitman is a complex one. He's among my favorites, yet Kevin Straw has a point: Whitman's major weakness is long-windedness. I have no doubt that his Song of Myself could have been strengthened by a heavy editorial pen. In this regard, I prefer Dickinson because she understood the power of silence and restraint. Yet at his strongest, Whitman displays symphonic exuberance, and he's unquestionably an innovator, which is why the aforementioned weakness can be forgiven. Innovators make a lot of mistakes, and the refiners, though they might produce more polished poems, are less original (generally) . For example, Yeats is more satisfying than Whitman in that his better poems are polished and condensed, but Whitman is still more original.

Best Poem of Walt Whitman

O Captain! My Captain!

O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ...

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