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Friday, February 11, 2011

1861 by Walt Whitman

ARM'D year! year of the struggle!
No dainty rhymes or sentimental love verses for you, terrible year!
Not you as some pale poetling, seated at a desk, lisping cadenzas
But as a strong man, erect, clothed in blue clothes, advancing,
carrying a rifle on your shoulder,
With well-gristled body and sunburnt face and hands--with a knife in
the belt at your side,
As I heard you shouting loud--your sonorous voice ringing across the
Your masculine voice, O year, as rising amid the great cities,
Amid the men of Manhattan I saw you, as one of the workmen, the
dwellers in Manhattan;
Or with large steps crossing the prairies out of Illinois and
Rapidly crossing the West with springy gait, and descending the
Alleghanies; 10
Or down from the great lakes, or in Pennsylvania, or on deck along
the Ohio river;
Or southward along the Tennessee or Cumberland rivers, or at
Chattanooga on the mountain top,
Saw I your gait and saw I your sinewy limbs, clothed in blue, bearing
weapons, robust year;
Heard your determin'd voice, launch'd forth again and again;
Year that suddenly sang by the mouths of the round-lipp'd cannon,
I repeat you, hurrying, crashing, sad, distracted year.
Poetry of the day review:
 Its kinda funny, its like he is making funny of the act of war period. Not just the year. Not just the side. I believe this poem refers the whole act of "my idea is better then yours lets shoot each other to prove testicle size". Pic related.. its 1861 in the USA.

Word of the day is:


   im-BROHL-yoh  , noun;
A complicated and embarrassing state of things.
A confused or complicated disagreement or misunderstanding.
An intricate, complicated plot, as of a drama or work of fiction.
A confused mass; a tangle.

Try and use it in your comment!


  1. I really like this! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. thats one of my favorite walt whitman poems

  3. My room is an imbroglio! Nice post

  4. I really like this poem! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Nice stuff.

  6. Alas, Walt became embroiled in a roll-call of Union States. Perhaps he smoked too many leaves of grass.

  7. Walt Whitman is one of the greatest poets of the 19th century :D

  8. Wow, this is different from normal, I like it!

  9. A very inspiring poem, and you dont see much poetry in the blogosphere. Followed!

  10. If only you were my creative writing teacher :/

  11. I'd never heard of this guy - pretty cool

    Your cool post just highlights the imbroglio I'm in over what to post on my blog

  12. it's nice to see people still know who whitman is.

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  14. Very cool blog, following and supporting :) <3

  15. I never did like Walt Whitman when I had to read his books in HS - but now I have a great appreciation for his brilliance. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Hey, I like your blog, though this poet doesn't appeal to me that much I'm looking forward to more. The design is great as well!

  17. Walt Whitman is the best. Major props for posting his writing.

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