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Poetry Friday: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman

July 7th, 2017 (06:00 am)
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Current Song: All I Need by Noah Tauscher

When I heard the learn'd astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide,
and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with
much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.

- Walt Whitman

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Comments

Posted by: Mitchell Linda (Mitchell Linda)
Posted at: July 8th, 2017 06:26 pm (UTC)
Beautiful

Really lovely lines. Thank you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 8th, 2017 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Beautiful

Glad to share it with those who appreciate it!

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: July 9th, 2017 12:31 pm (UTC)

Yes to science, along with Yes to mystery! We need both.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 9th, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)

Yes, we do!

Posted by: Carol Varsalona (Carol Varsalona)
Posted at: July 9th, 2017 06:44 pm (UTC)
Poetry Friday Walt Whitman Poem

Perfect silence at the stars is what Whitman must have done on a beautiful Long Island summer night. Thanks for the poem that I have never read before.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 9th, 2017 06:45 pm (UTC)
RE: Poetry Friday Walt Whitman Poem
fly

I love looking up at the stars!

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