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Walt Whitman

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

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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 divine magnetic lands,
With the love of comrades,
With the life-long love of comrades.


I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the rivers of
America, and along the shores of the great lakes, and all over
the prairies;
I will make inseparable cities, with their arms about each other's
necks;
By the love of comrades,
By the manly love of comrades.


For you these, from me, O Democracy, to serve you, ma femme! 10
For you! for you, I am trilling these songs,
In the love of comrades,
In the high-towering love of comrades.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Kay Staley (9/29/2014 11:04:00 AM)

    Interesting because of the vocabulary in the first paragraph but otherwise I find it unclear. (Report) Reply

  • Claude H Oliver Ii (1/4/2014 8:31:00 PM)

    I do not know when this was penned; however, it does seem that it was most likely written after the Civil War. Hence, the use of the term 'comrade' does not have the same connotation as in the early 20th century. It is more a vision of promise than the rather sordid history which followed. However, we can still work to make it better and more truthful. After all, poets see the possible and paint the picture of possibilities. (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (1/4/2014 1:16:00 PM)

    .........beautiful lines well done....what a wonderful concept
    ~ COME, I will make the continent indissoluble;
    I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet shone upon; ~ (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (1/4/2014 3:18:00 AM)

    come, I will unify continents
    That the self same sun shines upon
    And all races merge into just that one
    Where all are comrades - as it was when life began....

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too......... (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (1/4/2013 10:51:00 AM)

    Whitman's romanticism intoxicated this poem...the promise of America, its boundless opportunities, daunting potential- made Whitman giddy with hope and optimism. And he had no qualms about using homoerotic imagery to drive, ahem, his point home. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/4/2010 7:09:00 AM)

    What on earth is Marina Paiae doing? She allows no comments - a sure sign of intellectual cowardice. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (1/4/2010 7:07:00 AM)

    Balderdash. Highflown, windy, bladerdash. The Nazis could boast of the love of comrades. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (1/4/2010 3:22:00 AM)

    More like a prophecy for America. Whitman embraced the feeling of the time, seeing the expansion and growth that would be America in the future. Whitman's compassion for people comes forth brilliantly. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (1/4/2010 1:29:00 AM)

    Love and brotherhood to be cherished most in democracy are what Walt Whitman has expressed passionately inspiring all in this unique poem of his natural desire! (Report) Reply

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