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O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up - for you the flag is flung - for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths - for you the shores
a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head!
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
But I with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


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WALT WHITMAN
The great poems, Shakespeare's included, are poisonous to the idea of the pride and dignity of the c...
WALT WHITMAN
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world
WALT WHITMAN
Whoever degrades another degrades me, And whatever is done or said returns at last to me
WALT WHITMAN
The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
WALT WHITMAN
Did you, too, O friend, suppose democracy was only for elections, for politics, and for a party name...
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I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to...
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The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very wel...
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A great city is that which has the greatest men and women
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Nothing can happen more beautiful than death
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I accept reality and dare not question it
WALT WHITMAN
It [baseball] will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical ...
WALT WHITMAN
A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the chil...
WALT WHITMAN
All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. If the greatnesses are in conjunction i...
WALT WHITMAN
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom b...
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Each of us inevitable; Each of us limitless - each of us with his or her right upon the earth; Each ...
WALT WHITMAN
Pour down your warmth great sun!
WALT WHITMAN
Not I - not anyone else, can travel that road for you, / You must travel it for yourself.
WALT WHITMAN
It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
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I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, a...
WALT WHITMAN
America's game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere - belongs as much to our institu...
WALT WHITMAN
When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he lectured with such applause in the lecture room, how...
WALT WHITMAN
I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.
WALT WHITMAN
I Think it is lost.....but nothing is ever lost nor can be lost .
The body sluggish, aged, cold...
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He is a type of our best ...
WALT WHITMAN The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its am...
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Resist much, obey little.
WALT WHITMAN
I like the scientific spirit—the holding off, the being sure but not too sure, the willingness to ...
WALT WHITMAN
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
WALT WHITMAN
To the real artist in humanity, what are called bad manners are often the most picturesque and signi...
WALT WHITMAN
A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
WALT WHITMAN
Henceforth I ask not good fortune. I myself am good fortune.
WALT WHITMAN
The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still ...
WALT WHITMAN
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
WALT WHITMAN
I dote on myself, there is that lot of me and all so luscious.
WALT WHITMAN
O lands! O all so dear to me -- what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.
WALT WHITMAN
...The city fireman-the fire that suddenly bursts forth in the close-pack'd square,
The arriving...
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The earth is rude, silent, incomprehensible at first; Be not discouraged-- keep on-- there are divi...
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The butcher in his killing clothes.
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In the faces of men and women I see God.
WALT WHITMAN
Thunder on! Stride on! Democracy. Strike with vengeful strokes.
WALT WHITMAN
Love the earth and sun and animals, Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, Stand up for th...
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Where the katydid works her chromatic reed on the walnut-tree over the well.
WALT WHITMAN
Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.
WALT WHITMAN
If any thing is sacred the human body is sacred.
WALT WHITMAN
Have you heard that it was good to gain the day? I also say it is good to fall, battles are lost in ...
WALT WHITMAN
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
WALT WHITMAN
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found t...
WALT WHITMAN
The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing.
WALT WHITMAN
O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I...
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There was a child went forth every day,
And the first object he look'd upon, that object he becam...
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I am larger, better than I thought; I did not know I held so much goodness.

All seems bea...
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We convince by our presence.
WALT WHITMAN
I celebrate myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belon...
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What do you think has become of the young and old men?
What do you think has become of the women ...
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Camerado! This is no book; who touches this touches a man.
WALT WHITMAN
It is only the novice in political economy who thinks it is the duty of government to make its citiz...
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Freedom -- to walk free and own no superior.
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God is a mean-spirited, pugnacious bully bent on revenge against His children for failing to live up...
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Seeing, hearing and feeling are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
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Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large -- I contain multitudes.
WALT WHITMAN
Simplicity is the glory of expression
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