Walt Whitman

United States
31 May 1819 // 26 Mar 1892
Poet

Poems



A Woman Waits for Me (1)

A woman waits for me, she contains all, nothing is lacking,/ Yet all were lacking if sex were lacking, or if the moisture of/ the right man were lacking./ / Sex contains all, bodies, souls, / Mean...

To You (2)

Whoever you are, I fear you are walking the walks of/ dreams,/ I fear these supposed realities are to melt from under your / feet and hands,/ Even now your features, joys, speech, house, trade,...
Leaves of Grass

Oh Me! Oh Life! (3)

Oh me! Oh life! of the questions of these recurring,/ Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish,/ Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, a...
Leaves of Grass


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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays