1861. – Walt Whitman

AARM’D year! year of the struggle! No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year! Not you as some pale …

To You Whoever You Are

Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams, I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under …

The Prairie Grass Diving

The prairie-grass dividing, its special odor breathing, I demand of it the spiritual corresponding, Demand the most copious and close companionship of …

Reconciliation

Word over all, beautiful as the sky! Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost; …

On The Beach At Night

On the beach, at night, Stands a child, with her father, Watching the east, the autumn sky. Up through the darkness, While …

O Me O Life

O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; Of the endless trains of the faithless–of cities fill’d with the foolish; …

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 …

Miracles

Why! who makes much of a miracle? As to me, I know of nothing else but miracles, Whether I walk the streets …

I Sit And Look Out

I sit and look out upon all the sorrows of the world, and upon all oppression and shame; I hear secret convulsive …

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear; Those of mechanics–each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong; …

A Noiseless Patient Spider

A noiseless, patient spider, I mark’d, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark’d how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, …

Beat Beat Drums

Beat! beat! drums!–Blow! bugles! blow! Through the windows–through doors–burst like a ruthless force, Into the solemn church, and scatter the congregation; Into …

With All Thy Gifts By Walt Whitman

With All Thy Gifts WITH all thy gifts, America, (Standing secure, rapidly tending, overlooking the world,) Power, wealth, extent, vouchsafed to thee–With …

To You By Walt Whitman

To You Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of dreams, I fear these supposed realities are to melt …

Tests By Walt Whitman

Tests ALL submit to them, where they sit, inner, secure, unapproachable to analysis, in the Soul; Not traditions–not the outer authorities are …

Beginning My Studies By Walt Whitman

Beginning My Studies BEGINNING my studies, the first step pleas’d me so much, The mere fact, consciousness–these forms–the power of motion, The …

To Oratists By Walt Whitman

To Oratists TO ORATISTS–to male or female, Vocalism, measure, concentration, determination, and the divine power to use words. Are you full-lung’d and …

One’s Self I Sing By Walt Whitman

One’s Self I Sing ONE’S-SELF I sing–a simple, separate Person; Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-masse. Of Physiology from top …

Drum-Taps By Walt Whitman

Drum-Taps Aroused and angry, I thought to beat the alarum, and urge relentless war; But soon my fingers fail’d me, my face …

A Hand-Mirror By Walt Whitman

A Hand-Mirror HOLD it up sternly! See this it sends back! (Who is it? Is it you?) Outside fair costume–within ashes and …

Voices By Walt Whitman

Voices NOW I make a leaf of Voices–for I have found nothing mightier than they are, And I have found that no …

The Great City By Walt Whitman

The Great City The place where a great city stands is not the place of stretch’d wharves, docks, manufactures, deposits of produce …

Song Of Myself, XI By Walt Whitman

Song Of Myself, XI Twenty-eight young men bathe by the shore, Twenty-eight young men and all so friendly; Twenty-eight years of womanly …

Apostroph By Walt Whitman

Apostroph O MATER! O fils! O brood continental! O flowers of the prairies! O space boundless! O hum of mighty products! O …

Trinckle, Drops By Walt Whitman

Trinckle, Drops TRICKLE, drops! my blue veins leaving! O drops of me! trickle, slow drops, Candid, from me falling–drip, bleeding drops, From …

Tears By Walt Whitman

Tears Tears! tears! tears! In the night, in solitude, tears; On the white shore dripping, dripping, suck’d in by the sand; Tears–not …