Walt Whitman

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

Walt Whitman Poems

121. The Prairie-Grass Dividing 12/31/2002
122. A Song Of Joys 12/19/2014
123. This Dust Was Once The Man 12/31/2002
124. Walt Whitman's Caution 12/31/2002
125. Lo! Victress On The Peaks 12/31/2002
126. The Ship Starting 12/31/2002
127. The Sleepers 12/31/2002
128. Spain 1873-'74 12/31/2002
129. Solid, Ironical, Rolling Orb 12/31/2002
130. Spirit That Form'D Theis Scene 12/31/2002
131. The Centerarian's Story 12/31/2002
132. Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break 12/31/2002
133. States! 12/31/2002
134. Long, Too Long, O Land! 12/31/2002
135. There Was A Child Went Forth 12/31/2002
136. Locations And Times 12/31/2002
137. The Ox Tamer 12/31/2002
138. The Indications 12/31/2002
139. Scented Herbage Of My Breast 12/31/2002
140. Inscription 12/31/2002
141. Not Heaving From My Ribb'D Breast Only 12/31/2002
142. Other May Praise What They Like 12/31/2002
143. Prayer Of Columbus 12/31/2002
144. No Labor-Saving Machine 12/31/2002
145. Recorders Ages Hence 12/31/2002
146. Tests 12/31/2002
147. Now List To My Morning's Romanza 12/31/2002
148. With Antecedents 12/31/2002
149. One Sweeps By 12/31/2002
150. France, The 18th Year Of These States 12/31/2002
151. Says 12/31/2002
152. Race Of Veterans 12/31/2002
153. Not Youth Pertains To Me 12/31/2002
154. Offerings 12/31/2002
155. Still, Though The One I Sing 12/31/2002
156. I Heard You, Solemn-Sweep Pipes Of The Organ 12/31/2002
157. What Weeping Face 12/31/2002
158. Respondez! 12/31/2002
159. The Base Of All Metaphysics 12/31/2002
160. Shut Not Your Doors, &C. 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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