Walt Whitman

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

Walt Whitman Poems

81. To The Leaven'D Soil They Trod 12/31/2002
82. To Him That Was Crucified 12/31/2002
83. To The States 12/31/2002
84. The Sobbing Of The Bells 12/31/2002
85. Thought 12/31/2002
86. To Foreign Lands 12/31/2002
87. To A Historian 12/31/2002
88. To The Reader At Parting 12/31/2002
89. This Day, O Soul 12/31/2002
90. Warble Of Lilac-Time 12/31/2002
91. What General Has A Good Army 12/31/2002
92. To The Garden The World 12/31/2002
93. These, I, Singing In Spring 12/31/2002
94. To The East And To The West 12/31/2002
95. To Thee, Old Cause! 12/31/2002
96. This Compost 12/31/2002
97. To A Pupil 12/31/2002
98. The Singer In The Prison 12/31/2002
99. Song Of Myself, II 10/9/2015
100. The Torch 12/31/2002
101. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life 12/31/2002
102. What Best I See In Thee 12/31/2002
103. Think Of The Soul 12/31/2002
104. Thoughts 12/31/2002
105. To Old Age 12/31/2002
106. Voices 12/31/2002
107. This Moment, Yearning And Thoughtful 12/31/2002
108. The Wound Dresser 1/1/2004
109. To A President 12/31/2002
110. To A Common Prostitute 12/31/2002
111. The Unexpressed 1/3/2003
112. To You 12/31/2002
113. To One Shortly To Die 12/31/2002
114. What Am I, After All? 12/31/2002
115. The Untold Want 12/31/2002
116. The Prairie States 12/31/2002
117. To A Locomotive In Winter 12/31/2002
118. To Think Of Time 12/31/2002
119. What Think You I Take My Pen In Hand? 12/31/2002
120. The Prairie-Grass Dividing 12/31/2002

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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.

  • Ryan Walker (8/17/2012 1:06:00 AM)

    Song of Myself is easily THE, American Epic, (along with Moby Dick,) that expresses what a generation felt during that period. Reading it is an exploration into both his world, and your own. It is easily of one of the poems that any avid reader of poetry should read.

  • Kevin Straw Kevin Straw (4/11/2012 8:29:00 PM)

    O what a wordy wordless Whitman. If only he would shut up at the right moment!

    I note the comments have been removed from the poems of the day, such is the respect the site creators have for their contributors.

  • Caneesha Bartlett (4/8/2012 4:53:00 PM)

    I will always love his beauty and such truthful poetry

  • Aj Meunier (3/22/2012 10:54:00 PM)

    i love witman hes my fave poet

  • Silviu Ciocan (1/8/2010 1:46:00 AM)

    ...and Borges read and like very much Whitman.

  • Poet Hunter (7/6/2009 12:19:00 AM)

    'For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you' - Walt Whitman was way ahead of his time when he wrote 'Leaves of Grass' and it seems, for some, he is still way ahead of the times. Great poet! !

  • Ben Dover (3/11/2008 7:56:00 AM)

    nice beard..wanker
    go walt

  • Indigo Hawkins (2/15/2008 4:25:00 PM)

    Whitman is such a hedonist. I love him for it.

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 ...

Read the full of O Captain! My Captain!

To A Historian


YOU who celebrate bygones!
Who have explored the outward, the surfaces of the races--the life
that has exhibited itself;
Who have treated of man as the creature of politics, aggregates,
rulers and priests;
I, habitan of the Alleghanies, treating of him as he is in himself,
in his own rights,
Pressing the pulse of the life that has seldom exhibited itself, (the

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