Walt Whitman

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

A Song



COME, I will make the continent indissoluble;
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever yet shone upon;
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  • Bronze Star - 7,174 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

  • Freshman - 1,403 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 - 135 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 - 10,094 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

  • Rookie - 394 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 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 - 21 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

  • Rookie - 459 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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