1861 By Walt Whitman

1861 ARM’D year! year of the struggle! No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year! Not you as some pale poetling, seated…

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A Clear Midnight By Walt Whitman

A Clear Midnight THIS is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless, Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the…

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A Glimpse By Walt Whitman

A Glimpse A GLIMPSE, through an interstice caught, Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a bar-room, around the stove, late of a winter…

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A Boston Ballad, 1854 By Walt Whitman

A Boston Ballad, 1854 TO get betimes in Boston town, I rose this morning early; Here’s a good place at the corner–I must stand and…

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A Child Said, What Is The Grass By Walt Whitman

A Child Said, What Is The Grass A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer…

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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 filth, No more…

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A Leaf For Hand In Hand By Walt Whitman

A Leaf For Hand In Hand A LEAF for hand in hand! You natural persons old and young! You on the Mississippi, and on all…

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A March In The Ranks, Hard-Prest By Walt Whitman

A March In The Ranks, Hard-Prest A MARCH in the ranks hard-prest, and the road unknown; A route through a heavy wood, with muffled steps…

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A Noiseless Patient Spider By Walt Whitman

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…

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A Paumanok Picture By Walt Whitman

A Paumanok Picture TWO boats with nets lying off the sea-beach, quite still, Ten fishermen waiting–they discover a thick school of mossbonkers– they drop the…

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A Proadway Pageant By Walt Whitman

A Proadway Pageant OVER the western sea, hither from Niphon come, Courteous, the swart-cheek’d two-sworded envoys, Leaning back in their open barouches, bare-headed, impassive, Ride…

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A Promise To California By Walt Whitman

A Promise To California A PROMISE to California, Also to the great Pastoral Plains, and for Oregon: Sojourning east a while longer, soon I travel…

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A Riddle Song By Walt Whitman

A Riddle Song THAT which eludes this verse and any verse, Unheard by sharpest ear, unform’d in clearest eye or cunningest mind, Nor lore nor…

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A Sight In Camp By Walt Whitman

A Sight In Camp A SIGHT in camp in the day-break grey and dim, As from my tent I emerge so early, sleepless, As slow…

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A Song By Walt Whitman

A Song COME, I will make the continent indissoluble; I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet shone upon; I will make…

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A Song Of Joys By Walt Whitman

A Song Of Joys O to make the most jubilant song! Full of music-full of manhood, womanhood, infancy! Full of common employments-full of grain and…

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Aboard At A Ship’s Helm By Walt Whitman

Aboard At A Ship’s Helm ABOARD, at a ship’s helm, A young steersman, steering with care. A bell through fog on a sea-coast dolefully ringing,…

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A Woman Waits For Me By Walt Whitman

A Woman Waits For Me A WOMAN waits for me–she contains all, nothing is lacking, Yet all were lacking, if sex were lacking, or if…

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Adieu To A Soldier By Walt Whitman

Adieu To A Soldier ADIEU, O soldier! You of the rude campaigning, (which we shared,) The rapid march, the life of the camp, The hot…

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After The Sea-Ship By Walt Whitman

After The Sea-Ship AFTER the Sea-Ship–after the whistling winds; After the white-gray sails, taut to their spars and ropes, Below, a myriad, myriad waves, hastening,…

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Ages And Ages, Returning At Intervals By Walt Whitman

Ages And Ages, Returning At Intervals AGES and ages, returning at intervals, Undestroy’d, wandering immortal, Lusty, phallic, with the potent original loins, perfectly sweet, I,…

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All Is Truth By Walt Whitman

All Is Truth O ME, man of slack faith so long! Standing aloof–denying portions so long; Only aware to-day of compact, all-diffused truth; Discovering to-day…

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Ah Poverties, Wincings Sulky Retreats By Walt Whitman

Ah Poverties, Wincings Sulky Retreats AH poverties, wincings, and sulky retreats! Ah you foes that in conflict have overcome me! (For what is my life,…

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American Feuillage By Walt Whitman

American Feuillage AMERICA always! Always our own feuillage! Always Florida’s green peninsula! Always the priceless delta of Louisiana! Always the cotton-fields of Alabama and Texas!…

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Among The Multitude By Walt Whitman

Among The Multitude AMONG the men and women, the multitude, I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs, Acknowledging none else–not parent,…

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An Army Corps On The March By Walt Whitman

An Army Corps On The March WITH its cloud of skirmishers in advance, With now the sound of a single shot, snapping like a whip,…

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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 you teeming cities!…

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As A Strong Bird On Pinious Free By Walt Whitman

As A Strong Bird On Pinious Free AS a strong bird on pinions free, Joyous, the amplest spaces heavenward cleaving, Such be the thought I’d…

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Are You The New Person, Drawn Toward Me By Walt Whitman

Are You The New Person, Drawn Toward Me ARE you the new person drawn toward me? To begin with, take warning–I am surely far different…

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As Adam, Early In The Morning By Walt Whitman

As Adam, Early In The Morning AS Adam, early in the morning, Walking forth from the bower, refresh’d with sleep; Behold me where I pass–hear…

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As At Thy Portals Also Death By Walt Whitman

As At Thy Portals Also Death AS at thy portals also death, Entering thy sovereign, dim, illimitable grounds, To memories of my mother, to the…

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As Consequent, Etc. By Walt Whitman

As Consequent, Etc. AS consequent from store of summer rains, Or wayward rivulets in autumn flowing, Or many a herb-lined brook’s reticulations, Or subterranean sea-rills…

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As I Ebb’D With The Ocean Of Life By Walt Whitman

As I Ebb’D With The Ocean Of Life 1 As I ebb’d with the ocean of life, As I wended the shores I know, As…

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As I Lay With Head In Your Lap, Camerado By Walt Whitman

As I Lay With Head In Your Lap, Camerado AS I lay with my head in your lap, Camerado, The confession I made I resume–what…

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As I Ponder’D In Silence By Walt Whitman

As I Ponder’D In Silence AS I ponder’d in silence, Returning upon my poems, considering, lingering long, A Phantom arose before me, with distrustful aspect,…

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As I Sat Alone By Blue Ontario’s Shores By Walt Whitman

As I Sat Alone By Blue Ontario’s Shores AS I sat alone, by blue Ontario’s shore, As I mused of these mighty days, and of…

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As I Walk These Broad, Majestic Days By Walt Whitman

As I Walk These Broad, Majestic Days AS I walk these broad, majestic days of peace, (For the war, the struggle of blood finish’d, wherein,…

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As If A Phantom Caress’D Me By Walt Whitman

As If A Phantom Caress’D Me AS if a phantom caress’d me, I thought I was not alone, walking here by the shore; But the…

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As I Watche’D The Ploughman Ploughing By Walt Whitman

As I Watche’D The Ploughman Ploughing AS I watch’d the ploughman ploughing, Or the sower sowing in the fields–or the harvester harvesting, I saw there…

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As The Time Draws Nigh By Walt Whitman

As The Time Draws Nigh AS the time draws nigh, glooming, a cloud, A dread beyond, of I know not what, darkens me. I shall…

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As Toilsome I Wander’D By Walt Whitman

As Toilsome I Wander’D AS TOILSOME I wander’d Virginia’s woods, To the music of rustling leaves, kick’d by my feet, (for ’twas autumn,) I mark’d…

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As Toilsome I Wander’D Virginia’s Woods By Walt Whitman

As Toilsome I Wander’D Virginia’s Woods As toilsome I wander’d Virginia’s woods, To the music of rustling leaves kick’d by my feet, (for ’twas autumn,)…

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Ashes Of Soldiers By Walt Whitman

Ashes Of Soldiers Again a verse for sake of you, You soldiers in the ranks- you Volunteers, Who bravely fighting, silent fell, To fill unmention’d…

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Assurances By Walt Whitman

Assurances I NEED no assurances–I am a man who is preoccupied, of his own Soul; I do not doubt that from under the feet, and…

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Bathed In War’s Perfume By Walt Whitman

Bathed In War’s Perfume BATHED in war’s perfume–delicate flag! (Should the days needing armies, needing fleets, come again,) O to hear you call the sailors…

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Beat! Beat! Drums! By Walt Whitman

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…

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Beginners By Walt Whitman

Beginners HOW they are provided for upon the earth, (appearing at intervals;) How dear and dreadful they are to the earth; How they inure to…

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Behavior By Walt Whitman

Behavior BEHAVIOR–fresh, native, copious, each one for himself or herself, Nature and the Soul expressed–America and freedom expressed–In it the finest art, In it pride,…

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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 least insect or…

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Behold This Swarthy Face By Walt Whitman

Behold This Swarthy Face BEHOLD this swarthy face–these gray eyes, This beard–the white wool, unclipt upon my neck, My brown hands, and the silent manner…

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Bivouac On A Mountain Side By Walt Whitman

Bivouac On A Mountain Side I see before me now a traveling army halting, Below a fertile valley spread, with barns and the orchards of…

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Broadway By Walt Whitman

Broadway What hurrying human tides, or day or night! What passions, winnings, losses, ardors, swim thy waters! What whirls of evil, bliss and sorrow, stem…

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Brother Of All, With Genesrous Hand By Walt Whitman

Brother Of All, With Genesrous Hand BROTHER of all, with generous hand, Of thee, pondering on thee, as o’er thy tomb, I and my Soul,…

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By Broad Potomac’s Shore By Walt Whitman

By Broad Potomac’s Shore BY broad Potomac’s shore–again, old tongue! (Still uttering–still ejaculating–canst never cease this babble?) Again, old heart so gay–again to you, your…

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By The Bivouac’s Fitful Flame By Walt Whitman

By The Bivouac’s Fitful Flame BY the bivouac’s fitful flame, A procession winding around me, solemn and sweet and slow;–but first I note, The tents…

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Camps Of Green By Walt Whitman

Camps Of Green NOT alone those camps of white, O soldiers, When, as order’d forward, after a long march, Footsore and weary, soon as the…

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Carol Of Occupations By Walt Whitman

Carol Of Occupations COME closer to me; Push close, my lovers, and take the best I possess; Yield closer and closer, and give me the…

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Carol Of Words By Walt Whitman

Carol Of Words EARTH, round, rolling, compact–suns, moons, animals–all these are words to be said; Watery, vegetable, sauroid advances–beings, premonitions, lispings of the future, Behold!…

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Cavalry Crossing A Ford By Walt Whitman

Cavalry Crossing A Ford A LINE in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands; They take a serpentine course–their arms flash in the sun–Hark…

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Chanting The Square Deific By Walt Whitman

Chanting The Square Deific CHANTING the square deific, out of the One advancing, out of the sides; Out of the old and new–out of the…

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