Walt Whitman

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

Walt Whitman Poems

81. Unnamed Lands 12/31/2002
82. To Him That Was Crucified 12/31/2002
83. What General Has A Good Army 12/31/2002
84. To The Garden The World 12/31/2002
85. To Thee, Old Cause! 12/31/2002
86. Thought 12/31/2002
87. To The Man-Of-War-Bird 12/31/2002
88. To A Historian 12/31/2002
89. The World Below The Brine 12/31/2002
90. Warble Of Lilac-Time 12/31/2002
91. This Moment, Yearning And Thoughtful 12/31/2002
92. To A Pupil 12/31/2002
93. What Best I See In Thee 12/31/2002
94. Think Of The Soul 12/31/2002
95. To The East And To The West 12/31/2002
96. This Compost 12/31/2002
97. What Am I, After All? 12/31/2002
98. To Old Age 12/31/2002
99. Thoughts 12/31/2002
100. Voices 12/31/2002
101. The Voice Of The Rain 12/11/2014
102. Song Of Myself, II 10/9/2015
103. The Torch 12/31/2002
104. Weave In, Weave In, My Hardy Life 12/31/2002
105. The Sobbing Of The Bells 12/31/2002
106. To One Shortly To Die 12/31/2002
107. The Unexpressed 1/3/2003
108. This Day, O Soul 12/31/2002
109. To A President 12/31/2002
110. These, I, Singing In Spring 12/31/2002
111. To You 12/31/2002
112. The Singer In The Prison 12/31/2002
113. The Wound Dresser 1/1/2004
114. The Untold Want 12/31/2002
115. The Prairie States 12/31/2002
116. We Two Boys Together Clinging 12/31/2002
117. To A Locomotive In Winter 12/31/2002
118. What Think You I Take My Pen In Hand? 12/31/2002
119. To A Common Prostitute 12/31/2002
120. To Think Of Time 12/31/2002

Comments about Walt Whitman

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Riquetta Elliott (10/10/2007 10:44:00 AM)

    Walt Whitman is a genuine poet because he writes his expression freely about his sentiments. He don't have to rhyme to make his poetry meaningful. He has a free verse to make it meaningful and understanding.

  • Zubyre Parvez Zubyre Parvez (1/22/2007 12:15:00 PM)

    I love Walt Whitman, he writes with the grand air and he encompasses variety, he isn't staring down a microscope though he has the attentiveness of any detail-orientated person. It's his emotional heart centre at work ant its very magical. It's that which makes his writing expansive and gives us a feeling of exuberance. He's not an intellectual, but a Lover.

    Alot of contemporary poetry since the classics seems homely and nice, domestic etc, but its really the grand stuff such as Eternity that gives the classical poets their grand airs. And their poetry lasts...they are concerned with the foundations and posterity and the long term...they care about life after them and they care about their forefathers, their country, their people, they just love, that's all.

    There's been a trend in the contemporary poets to be banal, like Phillip Larkin, and its a direct product of being in a godless world, and the literati push for the banal and disordered thinking of the modernists and postmodernists, so that now the national poets who work towards unity, spirituality and grand narratives (something healthy and good) are pushed to the sidelines. Yet post-structuralism and so much modern theory has destroyed the traditional sublime arts which are limitless in their level of beauty and art can is a pursuit of perfection.
    I dunno but Rumi mighta reached a level of beauty in his poetry that musta been supreme this side of the galaxy!

    walt whitman was a national poet and he was a traditional sage. He preserved the forms of his forefathers, and he is writing within a tradition, he has a strong sense of place and he is connected to the larger picture and yet his individuality is very pronounced.
    He has his launchpad his womb of history and ancestory, and he flies his rocket.
    Goethe was a rooted traveller and explorer of life so is Whitman.

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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WHAT are those of the known, but to ascend and enter the Unknown?
And what are those of life, but for Death?

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