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All Is Truth - Poem by Walt Whitman


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 there is no lie, or form of lie, and can be none,
but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon
itself,
Or as any law of the earth, or any natural production of the earth
does.

(This is curious, and may not be realized immediately--But it must be
realized;
I feel in myself that I represent falsehoods equally with the rest,
And that the universe does.)

Where has fail'd a perfect return, indifferent of lies or the truth?
Is it upon the ground, or in water or fire? or in the spirit of man?
or in the meat and blood? 10

Meditating among liars, and retreating sternly into myself, I see
that there are really no liars or lies after all,
And that nothing fails its perfect return--And that what are called
lies are perfect returns,
And that each thing exactly represents itself, and what has preceded
it,
And that the truth includes all, and is compact, just as much as
space is compact,
And that there is no flaw or vacuum in the amount of the truth--but
that all is truth without exception;
And henceforth I will go celebrate anything I see or am,
And sing and laugh, and deny nothing.


Comments about All Is Truth by Walt Whitman

  • Veteran Poet - 1,799 Points Panmelys Panmelys (2/7/2015 8:08:00 AM)

    It is a wonderful message of truth in all its onion skins, no part of life or nature can deny this, it is for humans to seek this in every way given to him or her to search and discover. Walt Whitman came to America when she mostly needed someone to put into language her enormous potential of future greatness, and indeed she is a remarkable example of unity, in all its cloak of many colors, in so short a space of time. Just 500 years and she has risen to become a worlwide power, and will continue to grow and expand, develop depth of wisdom as she spreads her wings and discovers all of Walt Whitman called - leaves of grass. A united nation has one flag, one anthem! Panmelys (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 153,901 Points Gajanan Mishra (6/25/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    sing and laugh and deny nothing. I like it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie James Mccallum (2/12/2010 1:14:00 PM)

    I think the clue to what Walt is saying is the effect. The perfect return. That no idea, statement or action is in itself a truth or a lie. It is the consequence of the idea, statement or action, 'the perfect return' that embodies the truth. Consider the first chapter of James from the New Testament. How hardship is a blessing. You are the perfect result of the life you lived. The connection of opposites 'consider all your hardships a blessing, so as my truth my work may be complete in you.' No judgment no relativism, just perseverance. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Truth

  1. 1. All Is Truth , Walt Whitman
  2. 2. Truth And Error , Robert Herrick
  3. 3. The Truth Of Woman , Sir Walter Scott
  4. 4. Truth , Geoffrey Chaucer
  5. 5. Truth And Honesty , Bessie G. Doolittle
  6. 6. Truth , Calista Miller Burton
  7. 7. The Gift (For Henry Dumas And Ms. S. Tru.. , D. A. Fitch
  8. 8. Truth Is Like Fire , Dennis A. Zelazny
  9. 9. Too Late To View The Truth , Donnie Ryles
  10. 10. The Truth , Dorris Y. Lewis
  11. 11. "Truth&Quot; (With An Apology To Sh.. , Dr. Elbert R. Moses, Jr.
  12. 12. Truth In Aspect , Elizabeth Tracy
  13. 13. Truth Is... , Harry Haigh
  14. 14. God's Truth Will Always Stand , Heidi Bockus
  15. 15. The Angel Truth , James Weldon Lane
  16. 16. Truth , Leonid Rotshtein
  17. 17. Truth , Nathan O. White
  18. 18. Vacation Truth , Robert Tannahill
  19. 19. Truth Is , Rosalie Kollett
  20. 20. The Truth , Terrie L. Grogg
  21. 21. My Hidden Mirror Of Truth , Theodore J. Olson Jr.
  22. 22. Tributaries Of Truth , Therese Garcia
  23. 23. Absolute Truth , Thomas L. Slater
  24. 24. With Him Came The Truth , Thuy Lexuan
  25. 25. Irregular Verses To Truth , Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  26. 26. Tell All The Truth , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. A Legend Of Truth , Rudyard Kipling
  28. 28. The Nakedness Of Truth (I Know It Well) , Paul Eluard
  29. 29. Truth And Falsehood , Robert Herrick
  30. 30. O Tell Me The Truth About Love , WH Auden
  31. 31. The Truth Is Blind , David Gascoyne
  32. 32. If Truth In Hearts That Perish , Alfred Edward Housman
  33. 33. The Thread Of Truth , Arthur Hugh Clough
  34. 34. Sonnet I: Loving In Truth , Sir Philip Sidney
  35. 35. Sonnet Xi: In Truth, Oh Love , Sir Philip Sidney
  36. 36. This Side Of The Truth , Dylan Thomas
  37. 37. Truth , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  38. 38. My Savior, On The Word Of Truth , Anna Laetitia Waring
  39. 39. The Simple Truth , Philip Levine
  40. 40. Dark Truth , Robert William Service
  41. 41. Loving In Truth, And Fain In Verse My Lo.. , Sir Philip Sidney
  42. 42. Sonnet 138: When My Love Swears That She.. , William Shakespeare
  43. 43. Patient, Thou Speak’st Only The Truth , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  44. 44. Sonnet- What’s Life Truth? , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. Sonnet-Truth Remains The Same , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  46. 46. Sonnet: Truth Of Earthly-Life , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  47. 47. Sonnet: Speak The Truth Always , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  48. 48. Blunt Truth Or Sweet Lies? , Rajaram Ramachandran
  49. 49. Poking At Truth , Bob Gotti
  50. 50. When Truth Becomes The Enemy , Sarah L. Johnsen
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