Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. One of the most influential of American poets and the father of free verse, his works celebrate American life and the emerging nation. His most famous poems include "I Hear America Singing," "Song of Myself," "O Captain! My Captain!" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," the last two written about Abraham Lincoln. His major work was his 1855 collection of poems, Leaves of Grass.
On the beach at night,
Stands a child with her father,
Watching the east, the autumn sky.
Up through the darkness,
While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading,
Lower sullen and fast athwart and down the sky,
Come, I will make the continent indissoluble,
I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon,
I will make divine magnetic lands,
With the love of comrades,
With the life-long love of comrades.
I will plant companionship thick as...
"I like your interest in sports ball, chiefest of all base-ball particularly: base-ball is our game: the American game: I connect it with our national character. Sports take people out of doors, get them filled with...
Delicate cluster! flag of teeming life!
Covering all my lands—all my sea-shores lining!
Flag of death! (how I watch'd you through the smoke of battle pressing!
How I heard you flap and rustle, cloth defiant!)
Flag cerulean—sunny flag, with the orbs of night...
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and...