Walt Whitman

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

A Song - Poem by Walt Whitman


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.


Comments about A Song by Walt Whitman

  • Veteran Poet - 1,599 Points Kay Staley (6/2/2015 5:07:00 PM)

    I like the first paragraph and then get lost. The later words with their evident dissonance help the poem along. I do not like this poem at all and would not care if I ever read it again, but you cant argue with the greats, and Walt Whitman deserves to be among them. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 10,743 Points Daniel Brick (1/4/2015 1:18:00 PM)

    I like Carlos's statement WHITMAN'S ROMANTICISM INTOXICATED THIS POEM. That sums up both the content and the style. Although I list Whitman as probably my favorite American poet and re-read favorite poems every year, I have never read a biography, so I do not know the details of his life. Am I afraid that what I would read would alter my view of his poems? Perhaps. I don't know. What I do know is that in his most inspired moments Whitman's imaginative flight inspires my imagination to F-L-Y. Other poets seem to be earth-bound. Like Rilke, my absolute favorite poet, who goes deep within - the earth, the psyche, art and literature, the mysteries of life. I believe Whitman lived most of his life, perhaps all of it, in a condition of personal innocence. There is a purity about his voice and persona that I do not want compromised. And as my life winds down, as it inevitably must, Whitman will be there with his last poems, celebrating death itself as a final voyage of discovery. Who knows for sure - but that may the threshold into true flight - as always Whitman makes us feel wonder, hope, blessedness. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,599 Points 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

  • Rookie - 25 Points Kody Dibble (5/5/2014 12:36:00 PM)

    This is amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 205 Points 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

  • Gold Star - 14,632 Points * 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

  • Freshman - 942 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Mark Jensen (1/4/2013 1:35:00 AM)

    Not one of Whitman's finest moments. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jon Babineau (1/4/2012 8:50:00 PM)

    good. but a little peculiar. formatting is different (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,010 Points Ramesh Rai (1/4/2012 4:25:00 AM)

    NICE SONG, I LIKE IT. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Kevin Straw (1/4/2010 7:07:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 114 Points 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

  • Freshman - 990 Points Sadiqullah Khan (1/4/2010 2:37:00 AM)

    Comrades and democracy does not go well together, in this rhetoric. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 785 Points 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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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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