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Whitman, Walt - Poetry and Prose


Walt Whitman

Poetry and Prose

 
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Leaves of Grass (1855)
These poems had no titles in 1855, and no titles appear in the text of the present edition. Whitman eventually gave the poems the titles shown here.

  • "Preface"
  • "Song of Myself"
  • "A Song for Occupations"
  • "To Think of Time"
  • "The Sleepers"
  • "I Sing the Body Electric"
  • "Faces"
  • "Song of the Answerer"
  • "Europe the 72d and 73d Years of These States"
  • "A Boston Ballad"
  • "There Was a Child Went Forth"
  • "Who Learns My Lesson Complete"
  • "Great Are the Myths"
Leaves of Grass (1891-92)
  • INSCRIPTIONS
    • One's—Self I Sing (1867, 1871)
    • As I Ponder'd in Silence (1871)
    • In Cabin'd Ships at Sea (1871)
    • To Foreign Lands (1860, 1871)
    • To a Historian (1860, 1871)
    • To Thee Old Cause (1871, 1881)
    • Eidólons (1876)
    • For Him I Sing (1871)
    • When I Read the Book (1867, 1871)
    • Beginning My Studies (1865, 1871)
    • Beginners (1860)
    • To The States (1860, 1881)
    • On Journeys through the States (1860, 1871)
    • To a Certain Cantatrice (1860, 1871)
    • Me Imperturbe (1860, 1881)
    • Savantism (1860)
    • The Ship Starting (1865, 1881)
    • I Hear America Singing (1860, 1867)
    • What Place Is Besieged? (1860, 1867)
    • Still Though the One I Sing (1871)
    • Shut Not Your Doors (1865, 1881)
    • Poets to Come (1860, 1867)
    • To You (1860)
    • Thou Reader (1881)
    • Starting from Paumanok (1860, 1881)
    • Song of Myself (1855, 1881)
  • CHILDREN OF ADAM
    • To the Garden the World (1860, 1867)
    • From Pent-up Aching Rivers (1860, 1881)
    • I Sing the Body Electric (1855, 1881)
    • A Woman Waits for Me (1856, 1871)
    • Spontaneous Me (1856, 1867)
    • One Hour to Madness and Joy (1860, 1881)
    • Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowd (1865, 1881)
    • Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals (1860, 1867)
    • We Two, How Long We Were Fool'd (1860, 1881)
    • O Hymen! O Hymenee! (1860, 1867)
    • I Am He that Aches with Love (1860, 1867)
    • Native Moments (1860, 1881)
    • Once I Pass'd through a Populous City (1860, 1861)
    • I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organ (1861, 1867)
    • Facing West from California's Shores (1860, 1867)
    • As Adam Early in the Morning (1861, 1867)
  • CALAMUS
    • In Paths Untrodden (1860, 1867)
    • Scented Herbage of My Breast (1860, 1881)
    • Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand (1860, 1881)
    • For You O Democracy (1860, 1881)
    • These I Singing in Spring (1860, 1867)
    • Not Heaving from My Ribb'd Breast Only (1860, 1867)
    • Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances (1860, 1867)
    • The Base of All Metaphysics (1871)
    • Recorders Ages Hence (1860, 1867)
    • When I Heard at the Close of the Day (1860, 1867)
    • Are You the New Person Drawn toward Me? (1860, 1867)
    • Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone (1860, 1867)
    • Not Heat Flames up and Consumes (1860, 1867)
    • Trickle Drops (1860, 1867)
    • City of Orgies (1860, 1867)
    • Behold This Swarthy Face (1860, 1871)
    • I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing (1860, 1867)
    • To a Stranger (1860, 1867)
    • This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful (1860, 1881)
    • I Hear It Was Charged against Me (1860, 1867)
    • The Prairie-Grass Dividing (1860, 1867)
    • When I Peruse the Conquer'd Fame (1860, 1871)
    • We Two Boys Together Clinging (1860, 1867)
    • A Promise to California (1860, 1867)
    • Here the Frailest Leaves of Me (1860, 1871)
    • No Labor-Saving Machine (1860, 1881)
    • A Glimpse (1860, 1867)
    • A Leaf for Hand in Hand (1860, 1867)
    • Earth, My Likeness (1860, 1867)
    • I Dream'd in a Dream (1860, 1867)
    • What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand? (1860, 1881)
    • To the East and to the West (1860, 1867)
    • Sometimes with One I Love (1860, 1867)
    • To a Western Boy (1860, 1881)
    • Fast-Anchor'd Eternal O Love! (1860, 1867)
      • Among the Multitude (1860, 1881)
      • O You Whom I Often and Silently Come (1860, 1867)
      • That Shadow My Likeness (1860, 1881)
      • Full of Life Now (1860, 1871)
    • Salut au Monde! (1856, 1881)
    • Song of the Open Road (1856, 1881)
    • Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (1856, 1881)
    • Song of the Answerer (1855, 1856, 1881)
    • Our Old Feuillage (1860, 1881)
    • A Song of Joys (1860, 1881)
    • Song of the Broad-Axe (1856, 1881)
    • Song of the Exposition (1871, 1881)
    • Song of the Redwood-Tree (1874, 1881)
    • A Song for Occupations (1855, 1881)
    • A Song of the Rolling Earth (1856, 1881)
    • Youth, Day, Old Age and Night (1855, 1881)
  • BIRDS OF PASSAGE
    • Song of the Universal (1874, 1881)
    • Pioneers! O Pioneers! (1865, 1881)
    • To You (1856, 1881)
    • France, The 18th Year of these States (1860, 1871)
    • Myself and Mine (1860, 1881)
    • Year of Meteors (1859-60) (1865, 1881)
    • With Antecedents (1860, 1881)
    • A Broadway Pageant (1860, 1881)
  • SEA-DRIFT
    • Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking (1859, 1881)
    • As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life (1860, 1881)
    • Tears (1867, 1871)
    • To the Man-of-War-Bird (1876, 1881)
    • Aboard at a Ship's Helm (1867, 1881)
    • On the Beach at Night (1871, 1881)
    • The World below the Brine (1860, 1871)
    • On the Beach at Night Alone (1856, 1881)
    • Song for All Seas, All Ships (1873, 1881)
    • Patroling Barnegat (1880, 1881)
    • After the Sea-Ship (1874, 1881)
  • BY THE ROADSIDE
    • A Boston Ballad—1854 (1854, 1871)
    • Europe, The 72d and 73d Years of These States (1850, 1871)
    • A Hand-Mirror (1860)
    • Gods (1871, 1881)
    • Germs (1860, 1871)
    • Thoughts (1860, 1881)
    • When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (1865)
    • Perfections (1860)
    • O Me! O Life! (1865-66, 1881)
    • To a President (1860)
    • I Sit and Look Out (1860, 1871)
    • To Rich Givers (1860, 1881)
    • The Dalliance of the Eagles (1880, 1881)
    • Roaming in Thought (1881)
    • A Farm Picture (1865, 1871)
    • A Child's Amaze (1865, 1867)
    • The Runner (1867)
    • Beautiful Women (1860, 1871)
    • Mother and Babe (1865, 1867)
    • Thought (1860)
    • Visor'd (1860, 1867)
    • Thought (1860)
    • Gliding o'er All (1871)
    • Hast Never Come to Thee an Hour (1881)
    • Thought (1860, 1871)
    • To Old Age (1860)
    • Locations and Times (1860, 1871)
    • Offerings (1860, 1871)
    • To the States, To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 18th Presidentiad (1860)
  • DRUM-TAPS
    • First O Songs for a Prelude (1865, 1881)
    • Eighteen Sixty-One (1865, 1881)
    • Beat! Beat! Drums! (1861, 1867)
    • From Paumanok Starting I Fly like a Bird (1865, 1867)
    • Song of the Banner at Daybreak (1865, 1881)
    • Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps (1865, 1867)
    • Virginia—The West (1872, 1881)
    • City of Ships (1865, 1867)
    • The Centenarian's Story (1865, 1881)
    • Cavalry Crossing a Ford (1865, 1871)
    • Bivouac on a Mountain Side (1865, 1871)
    • An Army Corps on the March (1865-66, 1871)
    • By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame (1865, 1867)
    • Come Up from the Fields Father (1865, 1867)
    • Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night (1865, 1867)
    • A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknown (1865, 1867)
    • A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim (1865, 1867)
    • As Toilsome I Wander'd Virginia's Woods (1865, 1867)
    • Not the Pilot (1860, 1881)
    • Year That Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Me (1865, 1867)
    • The Wound-Dresser (1865, 1881)
    • Long, Too Long America (1865, 1881)
    • Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun (1865, 1881)
    • Dirge for Two Veterans (1865-66, 1867)
    • Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice (1860, 1867)
    • I Saw Old General at Bay (1865, 1867)
    • The Artilleryman's Vision (1865, 1881)
    • Ethiopia Saluting the Colors (1871, 1881)
    • Not Youth Pertains to Me (1865, 1871)
    • Race of Veterans (1865-66, 1871)
    • World Take Good Notice (1865, 1881)
    • O Tan-Faced Prairie-Boy (1865, 1867)
    • Look Down Fair Moon (1865, 1881)
    • Reconciliation (1865-66, 1881)
    • How Solemn as One by One (1865-66, 1881)
    • As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado (1865-66, 1881)
    • Delicate Cluster (1871)
    • To a Certain Civilian (1865, 1871)
    • Lo, Victress on the Peaks (1865-66, 1881)
    • Spirit Whose Work Is Done (1865-66, 1881)
    • Adieu to a Soldier (1871)
    • Turn O Libertad (1865, 1871)
    • To the Leaven'd Soil They Trod (1865-66, 1881)
  • MEMORIES OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN
    • When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd (1865-66, 1881)
    • O Captain! My Captain! (1865-66, 1871)
    • Hush'd Be the Camps To-day (1865, 1871)
    • This Dust Was Once the Man (1871)
    • By Blue Ontario's Shore (1856, 1881)
    • Reversals (1856, 1881)
  • AUTUMN RIVULETS
    • As Consequent, Etc. (1876, 1881)
    • The Return of the Heroes (1867, 1881)
    • There Was a Child Went Forth (1855, 1871)
    • Old Ireland (1861, 1867)
    • The City Dead-House (1867, 1881)
    • This Compost (1856, 1881)
    • To a Foil'd European Revolutionaire (1856, 1881)
    • Unnamed Lands (1860, 1881)
    • Song of Prudence (1856, 1881)
    • The Singer in the Prison (1869, 1881)
    • Warble for Lilac-Time (1870, 1881)
    • Outlines for a Tomb (1870, 1881)
    • Out from Behind This Mask (1876, 1881)
    • Vocalism (1860, 1881)
    • To Him That Was Crucified (1860, 1881)
    • You Felons on Trial in Courts (1860, 1867)
    • Laws for Creations (1860, 1871)
    • To a Common Prostitute (1860)
    • I Was Looking a Long While (1860, 1881)
    • Thought (1860, 1871)
    • Miracles (1856, 1881)
    • Sparkles from the Wheel (1871)
    • To a Pupil (1860, 1867)
    • Unfolded Out of the Folds (1856, 1881)
    • What Am I After All (1860, 1867)
    • Kosmos (1860, 1867)
    • Others May Praise What They Like (1865, 1881)
    • Who Learns My Lesson Complete? (1855, 1867)
    • Tests (1860)
    • The Torch (1865, 1871)
    • O Star of France ;op1870-71;cp (1871, 1880)
    • The Ox-Tamer (1874, 1881)
    • An Old Man's Thought of School (1874, 1881)
    • Wandering at Morn (1873, 1881)
    • Italian Music in Dakota (1881)
    • With All Thy Gifts (1873, 1881)
    • My Picture-Gallery (1880, 1881)
    • The Prairie States (1880, 1881)
    • Proud Music of the Storm (1869, 1881)
    • Passage to India (1871, 1881)
    • Prayer of Columbus (1874, 1881)
    • The Sleepers (1855, 1881)
    • Transpositions (1856, 1881)
    • To Think of Time (1855, 1881)
  • WHISPERS OF HEAVENLY DEATH
    • Darest Thou Now O Soul (1868, 1881)
    • Whispers of Heavenly Death (1868, 1871)
    • Chanting the Square Deific (1865-66, 1881)
    • Of Him I Love Day and Night (1860, 1867)
    • Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours (1860, 1871)
    • As If a Phantom Caress'd Me (1860, 1867)
    • Assurances (1856, 1871)
    • Quicksand Years (1865, 1871)
    • That Music Always Round Me (1860, 1867)
    • What Ship Puzzled at Sea (1860, 1881)
    • A Noiseless Patient Spider (1868, 1881)
    • O Living Always, Always Dying (1860, 1867)
    • To One Shortly to Die (1860, 1871)
    • Night on the Prairies (1860, 1871)
    • Thought (1860, 1871)
    • The Last Invocation (1868, 1871)
    • As I Watch'd the Ploughman Ploughing (1871)
    • Pensive and Faltering (1868, 1871)
    • Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood (1872, 1881)
    • A Paumanok Picture (1881)
  • FROM NOON TO STARRY NIGHT
    • Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling (1881)
    • Faces (1855, 1881)
    • The Mystic Trumpeter (1872, 1881)
    • To a Locomotive in Winter (1876, 1881)
    • O Magnet-South (1860, 1881)
    • Mannahatta (1860, 1881)
    • All Is Truth (1860, 1871)
    • A Riddle Song (1880, 1881)
    • Excelsior (1856, 1881)
    • Ah Poverties, Wincings, and Sulky Retreats (1865-66, 1881)
    • Thoughts (1860, 1881)
    • Mediums (1860, 1871)
    • Weave In, My Hardy Life (1865, 1881)
    • Spain, 1873-74 (1873, 1881)
    • By Broad Potomac's Shore (1872, 1881)
    • From Far Dakota's Cañons (1876, 1881)
    • Old War-Dreams (1865-66, 1881)
    • Thick-Sprinkled Bunting (1865, 1881)
    • What Best I See in Thee (1881)
    • Spirit That Form'd This Scene (1881)
    • As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days (1860, 1881)
    • A Clear Midnight (1881)
  • SONGS OF PARTING
    • As the Time Draws Nigh (1860, 1871)
    • Years of the Modern (1865, 1881)
    • Ashes of Soldiers (1865, 1881)
    • Thoughts (1860, 1881)
    • Song at Sunset (1860, 1881)
    • As at Thy Portals Also Death (1881)
    • My Legacy (1872, 1881)
    • Pensive on Her Dead Gazing (1865, 1881)
    • Camps of Green (1865, 1881)
    • The Sobbing of the Bells (1881)
    • As They Draw to a Close (1871, 1881)
    • Joy, Shipmate, Joy! (1871)
    • The Untold Want (1871)
    • Portals (1871)
    • These Carols (1871)
    • Now Final;age to the Shore (1871)
    • So Long! (1860, 1881)
  • FIRST ANNEX: SANDS AT SEVENTY
    • Mannahatta (1888, 1888-89)
    • Paumanok (1888, 1888-89)
    • From Montauk Point (1888, 1888-89)
    • To Those Who've Fail'd (1888, 1888-89)
    • A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Bravest Soldiers (1888, 1888-89)
    • A Font of Type (1888, 1888-89)
    • As I Sit Writing Here (1888, 1888-89)
    • My Canary Bird (1888, 1888-89)
    • Queries to My Seventieth Year (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Wallabout Martyrs (1888, 1888-89)
    • The First Dandelion (1888, 1888-89)
    • America (1888, 1888-89)
    • Memories (1888, 1888-89)
    • To-day and Thee (1888, 1888-89)
    • After the Dazzle of Day (1888, 1888-89)
    • Abraham Lincoln, Born Feb. 12, 1809 (1888, 1888-89)
    • Out of May's Shows Selected (1888, 1888-89)
    • Halcyon Days (1888, 1888-89)
    • Fancies at Navesink (1885, 1888-89)
    • (The Pilot in the Mist—Had I the Choice—You Tides with Ceaseless Swell—Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning—And Yet Not You Alone—Proudly the Flood Comes In—By That Long Scan of Waves—Then Last of All)
    • Election Day, November, 1884 (1884, 1888-89)
    • With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea! (1884, 1888-89)
    • Death of General Grant (1885, 1888-89)
    • Red Jacket (from Aloft) (1884, 1888-89)
    • Washington's Monument, February, 1885 (1885, 1888-89)
    • Of That Blithe Throat of Thine (1885, 1888-89)
    • Broadway (1888, 1888-89)
    • To Get the Final Lilt of Songs (1888, 1888-89)
    • Old Salt Kossabone (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Dead Tenor (1884, 1888-89)
    • Continuities (1888, 1888-89)
    • Yonnondio (1887, 1888-89)
    • Life (1888, 1888-89)
    • "Going Somewhere" (1887, 1888-89)
    • Small the Theme of My Chant (1867, 1888-89)
    • True Conquerors (1888, 1888-89)
    • The United States to Old World Critics (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Calming Thought of All (1888, 1888-89)
    • Thanks in Old Age (1888, 1888-89)
    • Life and Death (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Voice of the Rain (1885, 1888-89)
    • Soon Shall the Winter's Foil Be Here (1888, 1888-89)
    • While Not the Past Forgetting (1888, 1888-89)
    • The Dying Veteran (1887, 1888-89)
    • Stronger Lessons (1860, 1888-89)
    • A Prairie Sunset (1888, 1888-89)
    • Twenty Years (1888, 1888-89)
    • Orange Buds by Mail from Florida (1888, 1888-89)
    • Twilight (1887, 1888-89)
    • You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me (1887, 1888-89)
    • Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone (1887, 1888-89)
    • The Dead Emperor (1888, 1888-89)
    • As the Greek's Signal Flame (1887, 1888-89)
    • The Dismantled Ship (1888, 1888-89)
    • Now Precedent Songs, Farewell (1888, 1888-89)
    • An Evening Lull (1888, 1888-89)
    • Old Age's Lambent Peaks (1888, 1889)
    • After the Supper and Talk (1887, 1888-89)
  • SECOND ANNEX: GOOD-BYE MY FANCY
    • Preface Note to 2d Annex
    • Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht! (1891, 1891-92)
    • Lingering Last Drops (1891, 1891-92)
    • Good-Bye my Fancy (1891, 1891-92)
    • On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain! (1891, 1891-92)
    • My 71st Year (1889, 1891-92)
    • Apparitions (1891, 1891-92)
    • The Pallid Wreath (1891, 1891-92)
    • An Ended Day (1891, 1891-92)
    • Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's (1890, 1891-92)
    • To the Pending Year (1889, 1891-92)
    • Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher (1891, 1891-92)
    • Long, Long Hence (1891, 1891-92)
    • Bravo, Paris Exposition! (1889, 1891-92)
    • Interpolation Sounds (1888, 1891-92)
    • To the Sun-set Breeze (1890, 1891-92)
    • Old Chants (1891, 1891-92)
    • A Christmas Greeting (1889, 1891-92)
    • Sounds of the Winter (1891, 1891-92)
    • A Twilight Song (1890, 1891-92)
    • When the Full-Grown Poet Came (1876, 1891-92)
    • Osceola (1890, 1891-92)
    • A Voice from Death (1889, 1891-92)
    • A Persian Lesson (1891, 1891-92)
    • The Commonplace (1891, 1891-92)
    • "The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete" (1891, 1891-92)
    • Mirages (1891, 1891-92)
    • L. of G.'s Purport (1891, 1891-92)
    • The Unexpress'd (1891, 1891-92)
    • Grand Is the Seen (1891, 1891-92)
    • Unseen Buds (1891, 1891-92)
    • Good-Bye my Fancy! (1891, 1891-92)
    • A Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roads
Complete Prose Works (1892)
  • Specimen Days
    • A Happy Hour's Command
    • Answer to an Insisting Friend
    • Genealogy—Van Velsor and Whitman
    • The Old Whitman and Van Velsor Cemeteries
    • The Maternal Homestead
    • Two Old Family Interiors
    • Paumanok, and My Life on It As Child and Young Man
    • My First Reading.—Lafayette
    • Printing Office.—Old Brooklyn
    • Growth—Health—Work
    • My Passion for Ferries
    • Broadway Sights
    • Omnibus Jaunts and Drivers
    • Plays and Operas Too
    • Through Eight Years
    • Sources of Character—Results—1860
    • Opening of the Secession War
    • National Uprising and Volunteering
    • Contemptuous Feeling
    • Battle of Bull Run, July, 1861
    • The Stupor Passes—Something Else Begins
    • Down at the Front
    • After First Fredericksburg
    • Back to Washington
    • Fifty Hours Left Wounded on the Field
    • Hospital Scenes and Persons
    • Patent-Office Hospital
    • The White House by Moonlight
    • An Army Hospital Ward
    • A Connecticut Case
    • Two Brooklyn Boys
    • A Secesh Brave
    • The Wounded from Chancellorsville
    • A Night Battle, Over a Week Since
    • Unnamed Remains the Bravest Soldier
    • Some Specimen Cases
    • My Preparations for Visits
    • Ambulance Processions
    • Bad Wounds—The Young
    • The Most Inspiriting of All War's Shows
    • Battle of Gettysburg
    • A Cavalry Camp
    • A New York Soldier
    • Home-Made Music
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Heated Term
    • Soldiers and Talks
    • Death of a Wisconsin Officer
    • Hospitals Ensemble
    • A Silent Night Ramble
    • Spiritual Characters among the Soldiers
    • Cattle Droves about Washington
    • Hospital Perplexity
    • Down at the Front
    • Paying the Bounties
    • Rumors, Changes, &c.
    • Virginia
    • Summer of 1864
    • A New Army Organization Fit for America
    • Death of a Hero
    • Hospital Scenes.—Incidents
    • A Yankee Soldier
    • Union Prisoners South
    • Deserters
    • A Glimpse of War's Hell-Scenes
    • Gifts—Money—Discrimination
    • Items from My Note Books
    • A Case from Second Bull Run
    • Army Surgeons—Aid Deficiencies
    • The Blue Everywhere
    • A Model Hospital
    • Boys in the Army
    • Burial of a Lady Nurse
    • Female Nurses for Soldiers
    • Southern Escapees
    • The Capitol by Gas-Light
    • The Inauguration
    • Attitude of Foreign Governments during the War
    • The Weather.—Does It Sympathize with These Times?
    • Inauguration Ball
    • Scene at the Capitol
    • A Yankee Antique
    • Wounds and Diseases
    • Death of President Lincoln
    • Sherman's Army's Jubilation—Its Sudden Stoppage
    • No Good Portrait of Lincoln
    • Releas'd Union Prisoners from South
    • Death of a Pennsylvania Soldier
    • The Armies Returning
    • The Grand Review
    • Western Soldiers
    • A Soldier on Lincoln
    • Two Brothers, One South, One North
    • Some Sad Cases Yet
    • Calhoun's Real Monument
    • Hospitals Closing
    • Typical Soldiers
    • "Convulsiveness"
    • Three Years Summ'd Up
    • The Million Dead, Too, Summ'd Up
    • The Real War Will Never Get in the Books
    • An Interregnum Paragraph
    • New Themes Entered Upon
    • Entering a Long Farm-Lane
    • To the Spring and Brook
    • An Early Summer Reveille
    • Birds Migrating at Midnight
    • Bumble-Bees
    • Cedar-Apples
    • Summer Sights and Indolencies
    • Sundown Perfume—Quail—Notes—The Hermit—Thrush
    • A July Afternoon by the Pond
    • Locusts and Katydids
    • The Lesson of a Tree
    • Autumn Side-Bits
    • The Sky—Days and Nights—Happiness
    • Colors—A Contrast
    • November 8,'76
    • Crows and Crows
    • A Winter Day on the Sea-Beach
    • Sea-Shore Fancies
    • In Memory of Thomas Paine
    • A Two Hours' Ice-Sail
    • Spring Overtures—Recreations
    • One of the Human Kinks
    • An Afternoon Scene
    • The Gates Opening
    • The Common Earth, the Soil
    • Birds and Birds and Birds
    • Full-Starr'd Nights
    • Mulleins and Mulleins
    • Distant Sounds
    • A Sun-Bath—Nakedness
    • The Oaks and I
    • A Quintette
    • The First Frost—Mems
    • Three Young Men's Deaths
    • February Days
    • A Meadow Lark
    • Sundown Lights
    • Thoughts under an Oak—A Dream
    • Clover and Hay Perfume
    • An Unknown
    • Bird-Whistling
    • Horse-Mint
    • Three of Us
    • Death of William Cullen Bryant
    • Jaunt up the Hudson
    • Happiness and Raspberries
    • A Specimen Tramp Family
    • Manhattan from the Bay
    • Human and Heroic New York
    • Hours for the Soul
    • Straw-Color'd and Other Psyches
    • A Night Remembrance
    • Wild Flowers
    • A Civility Too Long Neglected
    • Delaware River—Days and Nights
    • Scenes on Ferry and River—Last Winter's Nights
    • The First Spring Day on Chestnut Street
    • Up the Hudson to Ulster County
    • Days at J. B.'s—Turf-Fires—Spring Songs
    • Meeting a Hermit
    • An Ulster County Waterfall
    • Walter Dumont and His Medal
    • Hudson River Sights
    • Two City Areas, Certain Hours
    • Central Park Walks and Talks
    • A Fine Afternoon, 4 to 6
    • Departing of the Big Steamers
    • Two Hours on the Minnesota
    • Mature Summer Days and Nights
    • Exposition Building—New City Hall—River Trip
    • Swallows on the River
    • Begin a Long Jaunt West
    • In the Sleeper
    • Missouri State
    • Lawrence and Topeka, Kansas
    • The Prairies—(And an Undeliver'd Speech)
    • On to Denver—A Frontier Incident
    • An Hour on Kenosha Summit
    • An Egotistical "Find"
    • New Senses—New Joys
    • Steam-Power, Telegraphs, &c.
    • America's Back-Bone
    • The Parks
    • Art Features
    • Denver Impressions
    • I Turn South—and Then East Again
    • Unfulfill'd Wants—The Arkansas River
    • A Silent Little Follower—The Coreopsis
    • The Prairies and Great Plains in Poetry
    • The Spanish Peaks—Evening on the Plains
    • America's Characteristic Landscape
    • Earth's Most Important Stream
    • Prairie Analogies—The Tree Question
    • Mississippi Valley Literature
    • An Interviewer's Item
    • The Women of the West
    • The Silent General
    • President Hayes's Speeches
    • St. Louis Memoranda
    • Nights on the Mississippi
    • Upon Our Own Land
    • Edgar Poe's Significance
    • Beethoven's Septette
    • A Hint of Wild Nature
    • Loafing in the Woods
    • A Contralto Voice
    • Seeing Niagara to Advantage
    • Jaunting to Canada
    • Sunday with the Insane
    • Reminiscence of Elias Hicks
    • Grand Native Growth
    • A Zollverein Between the U. S. and Canada
    • The St. Lawrence Line
    • The Savage Saguenay
    • Capes Eternity and Trinity
    • Chicoutimi and Ha-ha Bay
    • The Inhabitants—Good Living
    • Cedar-Plums Like—Names
    • Death of Thomas Carlyle
    • Carlyle from American Points of View
    • A Couple of Old Friends—A Coleridge Bit
    • A Week's Visit to Boston
    • The Boston of To-day
    • My Tribute to Four Poets
    • Millet's Pictures—Last Items
    • Birds—and a Caution
    • Samples of My Common-Place Book
    • My Native Sand and Salt Once More
    • Hot Weather New York
    • "Custer's Last Rally"
    • Some Old Acquaintances—Memories
    • A Discovery of Old Age
    • A Visit, at the Last, to R. W. Emerson
    • Other Concord Notations
    • Boston Common—More of Emerson
    • An Ossianic Night—Dearest Friends
    • Only a New Ferry Boat
    • Death of Longfellow
    • Starting Newspapers
    • The Great Unrest of Which We Are Part
    • By Emerson's Grave
    • At Present Writing—Personal
    • After Trying a Certain Book
    • Final Confessions—Literary Tests
    • Nature and Democracy—Morality
  • Collect
    • One or Two Index Items
    • Democratic Vistas
    • Origins of Attempted Secession
    • Preface, 1872, to "As a Strong Bird on Pinions Free"
    • Preface, 1876, to L. of G. and "Two Rivulets," Centennial Edition
    • Poetry To-day in America—Shakspere—The Future
    • A Memorandum at a Venture
    • Death of Abraham Lincoln
    • Two Letters
  • Notes Left Over
    • Nationality— (And Yet)
    • Emerson's Books (The Shadows of Them)
    • Ventures, on an Old Theme
    • British Literature
    • Darwinism— (Then Furthermore)
    • "Society"
    • The Tramp and Strike Questions
    • Democracy in the New World
    • Foundation Stages—Then Others
    • General Suffrage, Elections, &c.
    • Who Gets the Plunder?
    • Friendship (The Real Article)
    • Lacks and Wants Yet
    • Rulers Strictly Out of the Masses
    • Monuments—the Past and Present
    • Little or Nothing New, After All
    • A Lincoln Reminiscence
    • Freedom
    • Book-Classes—America's Literature
    • Our Real Culmination
    • An American Problem
    • The Last Collective Compaction
  • Pieces in Early Youth
    • Dough-Face Song
    • Death in the School-Room
    • One Wicked Impulse!
    • The Last Loyalist
    • Wild Frank's Return
    • The Boy Lover
    • The Child and the Profligate
    • Lingave's Temptation
    • Little Jane
    • Dumb Kate
    • Talk to an Art-Union
    • Blood-Money
    • Wounded in the House of Friends
    • Sailing the Mississippi at Midnight
  • November Boughs
    • Our Eminent Visitors, Past, Present and Future
    • The Bible as Poetry
    • Father Taylor (and Oratory)
    • The Spanish Element in Our Nationality
    • What Lurks behind Shakspere's Historical Plays?
    • A Thought on Shakspere
    • Robert Burns as Poet and Person
    • A Word about Tennyson
    • Slang in America
    • An Indian Bureau Reminiscence
    • Some Diary Notes at Random (Negro Slaves in New York—Canada Nights—Country Days and Nights—Central Park Notes—Plate Glass, St. Louis)
    • Some War Memoranda ("Yankee Doodle"—Washington Street Scenes—The 195th Pennsylvania—Left-Hand Writing by Soldiers—Central Virginia in '64—Paying the First Color'd Troops)
    • Five Thousand Poems
    • The Old Bowery
    • Notes to Late English Books (Preface to Reader in British Islands—Additional Note, 1887—Preface to English Edition "Democratic Vistas")
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • New Orleans in 1848, Trip up the Mississippi, etc.
    • Small Memoranda (Attorney General's Office, Washington, Aug. 22, 1865—Washington, Sept. 8, 9, &c., 1865—A Glint inside of Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet Appointments. One Item of Many—Note to a Friend—Written Impromptu in an Album—The Place Gratitude Fills in a Fine Character)
    • Last of the War Cases
    • Elias Hicks, Notes (Such as They Are)
    • George Fox (and Shakspere)
  • Good-Bye my Fancy
    • An Old Man's Rejoinder
    • Old Poets
    • Ship Ahoy!
    • For Queen Victoria's Birthday
    • American National Literature
    • Gathering the Corn
    • A Death—Bouquet
    • Some laggards yet
      • The Perfect Human Voice
      • Shakspere for America
      • "Unassail'd Renown"
      • Inscription for a Little Book on Giordano Bruno
      • Splinters
      • Health (Old Style)
      • Gay-Heartedness
      • As in a Swoon
      • L. of G.
      • After the Argument
      • For Us Two, Reader Dear
    • Memoranda
      • A World's Show
      • New York—the Bay—the Old Name
      • A Sick Spell
      • To Be Present Only
      • "Intestinal Agitation"
      • "Walt Whitman's Last 'Public'"
      • Ingersoll's Speech
      • Feeling Fairly
      • Old Brooklyn Days
      • Two Questions
      • Preface to a Volume
      • An Engineer's Obituary
      • Old Actors, Singers, Shows, &c., in New York
      • Some Personal and Old-Age Jottings
      • Out in the Open Again
      • America's Bulk Average
      • Last Saved Items
Supplementary Prose
  • The Eighteenth Presidency! (1856)
  • Appendix to Leaves of Grass (1856)
    • Letter to Walt Whitman
    • Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Note at Beginning, Complete Poems and Prose (1888)
  • Note at End, Complete Poems and Prose (1888)
  • May 31, 1889, Leaves of Grass
  • The Old Man Himself
  • Walt Whitman's Last
Chronology
Note on the Texts
Notes
Poetry Title Index
Index of First Lines

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