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Walt Whitman | Academy of American Poets

Walt Whitman – Born on May 31, 1819, Walt Whitman is the author of Leaves of Grass and, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of the architects of a uniquely American poetic voice. 
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  • Enjoy Poetry over the Holidays 🤗
    INSCRIBED WITH ALL FAITH AND AFFECTION To all the little children: — The happy ones; and sad ones;The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones;The good ones — Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones. Little Orphant Annie’s come to our house to stay,An’ wash the cups an’ […]
  • Dolls and little Girls
    There! little girl; don’t cry!They have broken your doll, I know;And your tea-set blue,And your play-house, too,Are things of the long ago;But childish troubles will soon pass by. —There! little girl; don’t cry! There! little girl; don’t cry!They have broken your slate, I know;And the glad, wild waysOf your schoolgirl daysAre things of the long […]
  • Of woody pathways winding endlessly
    A barefoot boy! I mark him at his play —    For May is here once more, and so is he, —    His dusty trousers, rolled half to the knee,And his bare ankles grimy, too, as they:Cross-hatchings of the nettle, in array    Of feverish stripes, hint vividly to me    Of woody pathways winding endlesslyAlong the creek, […]
  • She has one good bumblebee
    which she leads about town
    on a leash of clover.
    She has one good bumblebeewhich she leads about townon a leash of clover.It’s as big as a Saint Bernardbut also extremely fragile.People want to pet its long, shaggy coat.These would be mostly whirling dervishesout shopping for accessories.When Lily winks they understand everything,right down to the particleof a butterfly’s wing lodgedin her last good eye,so the […]
  • In my secret room, plans are hatched: we’ll explore the Smoky Mountains.
    I take the long walk up the staircase to my secret room.Today’s big news: they found Amelia Earhart’s shoe, size 9.1992: Charlie Christian is bebopping at Minton’s in 1941.Today, the Presidential primaries have failed us once again.We’ll look for our excitement elsewhere, in the last snowthat is falling, in tomorrow’s Gospel Concert in Springfield.It’s a […]
  • Starry Nights
    AS we rush, as we rush in the Train,   The trees and the houses go wheeling back,But the starry heavens above the plain   Come flying on our track. All the beautiful stars of the sky,   The silver doves of the forest of Night,Over the dull earth swarm and fly,   Companions of our flight. We will […]
  • Fearless ~
    Hail, mildly pleasing solitude,Companion of the wise and good;But, from whose holy, piercing eye,The herd of fools, and villains fly.Oh! how I love with thee to walk,And listen to thy whisper’d talk,Which innocence, and truth imparts,And melts the most obdurate hearts. A thousand shapes you wear with ease,And still in every shape you please.Now wrapt […]
  • Famous Poets ~
    I LORD of the grass and hill, Lord of the rain, White Overlord of will, Master of pain, I who am dust and air Blown through the halls of death, Like a pale ghost of prayer,— I am thy breath. Lord of the blade and leaf, Lord of the bloom, Sheer Overlord of grief, Master […]
  • And who in this world knows?
    Away, sad thoughts, and teasing Perplexities, away! Let other blood go freezing, We will be wise and gay. For here is all heart-easing, An ecstasy at play.The children dancing, dancing, Light upon happy feet, Both eye and heart entrancing Mingle, escape, and meet; Come joyous-eyed and advancing Or floatingly retreat.Now slow, now swifter treading Their […]
  • And beheld an immense glory
    Flooding with fire the drops
    Spilled on miraculous leaves
    Of the fresh green lime-tree tops.
    The rain was ending, and lightLifting the leaden skies.It shone upon ceiling and floorAnd dazzled a child’s eyes. Pale after fever, a captiveApart from his schoolfellows,He stood at the high room’s windowWith face to the pane pressed close, And beheld an immense gloryFlooding with fire the dropsSpilled on miraculous leavesOf the fresh green lime-tree tops. […]
  • The rain was ending, and light
    Lifting the leaden skies.
    It shone upon ceiling and floor
    And dazzled a child’s eyes.
    The rain was ending, and lightLifting the leaden skies.It shone upon ceiling and floorAnd dazzled a child’s eyes. Pale after fever, a captiveApart from his schoolfellows,He stood at the high room’s windowWith face to the pane pressed close, And beheld an immense gloryFlooding with fire the dropsSpilled on miraculous leavesOf the fresh green lime-tree tops. […]
  • Woods ~ So old now
    So old is the wood, so old, Old as Fear. Wrinkled roots; great stems; hushed leaves; No sound near.Shadows retreat into shadow, Deepening, crossed. Burning light singles a low leaf, a bough, Far within, lost. Advertisements
  • Of sinister fancy, Poetry
    Guns! far and nearQuick, sudden, angry,They startle the still street,Upturned faces appear,Doors open on darkness,There is a hurrying of feet,And whirled athwart gloomWhite fingers of alarmPoint at last thereWhere illumined and dumbA shape suspendedHovers, a demon of the starry air!Strange and cold as a dreamOf sinister fancy,It charms like a snake,Poised deadly in the gleam,While […]
  • Come Youth
    COME then, as ever, like the wind at morning!   Joyous, O Youth, in the aged world renewFreshness to feel the eternities around it,   Rain, stars and clouds, light and the sacred dew.   The strong sun shines above thee:   That strength, that radiance bring!   If Winter come to Winter,   When shall men hope for Spring? Advertisements
  • Locked wildly in one another’s arms
    I saw two lovers meet.
    In the shadow of a broken house,Down a deserted street,Propt walls, cold hearths, and phantom stairs,And the silence of dead feet —Locked wildly in one another’s armsI saw two lovers meet. And over that hearthless house aghastRose from the mind’s abyssLost stars and ruined, peering moons,Worlds overshadowing this, —Time’s stony palace crumbled downBefore that instant […]
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