Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is known as the father of free verse poetry. His deeply emotional, spiritual, and nature-based poems appeal to poetry loves around the world. Read more about Walt Whitman.

10 of the Best Walt Whitman Poems

Walt Whitman is considered to be one of the most popular and influential poets of all time. Here is a look at some of his best poetic works.

1861

‘1861’ by Walt Whitman is a moving Civil War poem written from the perspective of a soldier. He details the difficulty of a particular year. 

1861 by Walt Whitman Visual Representation

A Clear Midnight

‘A Clear Midnight’ by Walt Whitman is a simple, yet impactful poem that depicts a speaker’s desire to free his soul from the confines of day to day life. 

A Woman Waits for Me

Formerly known as ‘Poem of Procreation,’ Whitman’s ‘A Woman Waits for Me’ is all about the power of regeneration, procreation, and creativity.

A Woman Waits for Me by Walt Whitman Visual Representation

An Army Corps on the March

Whitman’s ‘An Army Corps on the March’ is a moving depiction of soldiers marching forward tirelessly during the Civil War. No matter how exhausted they were, they had a goal to fulfill and a dream to achieve!

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Beat! Beat! Drums!

The commentary that Whitman provides in ‘Beat! Beat! Drums!’, in regard to the American Civil war, is that it’s all-encompassing and negative.

Broadway

‘Broadway’ by Walt Whitman is a short, effective poem that speaks to the nature of contemporary life. It focuses in on one street in New York City.

Broadway by Walt Whitman Visual Representation

Come Up from the Fields Father

‘Come Up from the Fields Father’ by Walt Whitman is a moving war-time poem. Through its lines, the poet addresses the effect of a son’s death on his family. 

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I Sing the Body Electric

‘I Sing the Body Electric’ by Walt Whitman is one of the poet’s well-known and celebrated early poems. It was published in 1855, in the first edition of Leaves of Grass.

Long, too long America

‘Long, too long America’ is a poem written by the great American poet Walt Whitman. It is one of the early Civil War poems written by Whitman.

Me Imperturbe

‘Me Imperturbe’ by Walt Whitman describes a speaker’s dedication to maintaining his mental and emotional state in the face of varying challenges.

O Captain! My Captain!

Saddened by the results of the American civil war, Walt Whitman wrote the elegy, ‘O Captain! My Captain!’ in memory of deceased American President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The civil war occurred during his lifetime with Whitman a staunch supporter of unionists.

O Me! O Life!

‘O Me! O Life!’ by Walt Whitman is a poem where being capable of boosting the quality of “life” is presented through juxtaposed ideas.

On the Beach at Night Alone

‘On the Beach at Night Alone’ by Walt Whitman is a powerful poem. In it, Whitman discusses how everything that has ever existed or will ever exist is connected.

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One’s-Self I Sing

‘One’s-Self I Sing’ by Walt Whitman is a short poem that explores a few of the themes Whitman is going to use in Inscriptions. The poem celebrates the beauty and wonder of the common and separate identities of humanity. 

One's-Self I Sing by Walt Whitman Visual Representation

Passage to India

‘Passage to India’ by Walt Whitman describes an imaginary journey that a speaker wants to take into fabled India.