Talks with Walt

Talks with Walt


Lectures on Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass


Suggested text for study: Leaves of Grass, A Norton Critical Edition


Suggested on-line text for study:


Suggested on-line support for your study: (Special thanks to poet, Denise Fletcher):




Introductory lectures on Whitman:

Introduction to Talks with Walt:

Whitman, Intro, A:

Whitman, Intro, B:

Whitman, from the Preface to 1855 Leaves of Grass:

Harvard Classics, Lecture 122: Volume #39: Whitman’s 1855, Leaves of Grass Preface, A:

Harvard Classics, Lecture 122: Volume #39: Whitman’s 1855, Leaves of Grass Preface, B:




       Come, said my Soul:




One's self I Sing:


As I Ponder'd in Silence:


In Cabin'd Ships at Sea:

In Cabin'd Ships at Sea, A:

In Cabin'd Ships at Sea, B:



To Foreign Lands:


To a Historian:


To Thee, Old Cause:



Eidolons, A:

Eidolons, B:


For Him I Sing:


When I Read the Book:


Beginning My Studies:




To The States:


On Journeys through The States:


To A Certain Cantatrice:


Me Imperturbe:




The Ship Starting:

I Hear America Singing:

What Place is Besieged?:


Still Though The One I Sing:


Shut Not Your Doors:


Poets to Come:


To You:


Thou Reader:



Starting from Paumanok:
























Song of Myself:



       #2, A:

#2, B:

#3: A:

#3: B:


       #5, A:

       #5, B:

       #6, A:

#6, B:









#15, A:

#15, B:





       #20, A:

       #20, B:




       #24, A:

       #24, B:









       #33, A:

       #33, B:

#33, C:













#46, A:

#46, B:

#46, C:










Children of Adam:




To The Garden the World:


From Pent-up Aching Rivers, A:

From Pent-up Aching Rivers, B:


I Sing The Body Electric, Intro:

I Sing The Body Electric, #1:

I Sing The Body Electric, #2:

I Sing The Body Electric, #3:

I Sing The Body Electric, #4:

I Sing The Body Electric, #5:

I Sing The Body Electric, #6:

I Sing The Body Electric, #7:

I Sing The Body Electric, #8:

I Sing The Body Electric, #9:


A Woman Waits For Me:


Spontaneous Me:


One Hour to Madness and Joy:


Out Of The Rolling Ocean the Crowd:


Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals:


We Two, How Long We were Fool'd:

O Hymen! O Hymenee!:


I am He that Aches with Love:


Native Moments:


Once I Pass'd through a Populous City:


I Heard You Solemn-sweet Pipes of the Organ:


Facing West from California's Shores:


As Adam Early in the Morning:







In Paths Untrodden:


Scented Herbage of My Breast:


Whoever You are Holding Me Now in Hand:


For You O Democracy:


These I Singing in Spring:


Not Heaving from my Ribb'd Breast Only:


Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances:


The Base of All Metaphysics:


Recorders Ages Hence:


When I Heard at the Close of the Day:


Are You the New Person Drawn toward Me?:


Roots and Leaves Themselves Alone:


Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes:


Trickle Drops:


City of Orgies:


Behold This Swarthy Face:


I Saw in Louisiana a Live-oak Growing:


To a Stranger:


This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful:


I Hear It was Charged against Me:


The Prairie-grass Dividing:


When I Peruse the Conquer'd Fame:


We Two Boys together Clinging:


A Promise to California:


Here The Frailest Leaves of Me:


No Labor-Saving Machine:


A Glimpse:


A Leaf for Hand in Hand:


Earth, My Likeness:


I Dream'd in a Dream:


What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand?:


To the East and to the West:


Sometimes with One I Love:


To a Western Boy:


Fast Anchor'd Eternal O Love!:


Among the Multitude:


O You whom I Often and Silently Come:


That Shadow My Likeness:


Full of Life now:



Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, The New American Bible:



Salut Au Monde!:


#1, A:

#1, B:



       #4-10, A:

       #4-10, B:




Song of the Open Road:







       #6, A:

       #6, B:











Crossing Brooklyn Ferry:











Song of the Answerer:





Our Old Feuillage, A:

Our Old Feuillage, B:



A Song of Joys, A:

A Song of Joys, B:

A Song of Joys, C:


Song of the Broad-Axe:





       #4-8, A:

       #4-8, B:

       #9-12, A:

       #9-12, B:


Song of the Exposition:









Song of the Redwood-Tree, A:

Song of the Redwood-Tree, B:


A Song for Occupations, A:

A Song for Occupations, B:

A Song for Occupations, C:



A Song of the Rolling Earth:






Youth, Day, Old Age and Night:


Birds of Passage: An Intro:


Song of the Universal:


Pioneers! O Pioneers!, A:

Pioneers! O Pioneers!, B:



To You:


France, the 18th year of These States:


Myself and Mine:


Year of Meteors (1859-60):


With Antecedents:


A Broadway Pageant:


Sea-Drift: An Intro:


Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, A:

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, B:

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, C:



As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life:




To the Man-of-War-Bird:


Aboard at a Ship's Helm:


On the Beach at Night:


The World Below the Brine:


On the Beach at Night Alone:


Song for All Seas, All Ships:


Patroling Barnegat:


After the Sea-Ship:


By the Roadside: An Intro:


A Boston Ballad--1854:


Europe the 72d and 73d Years of These States:


A Hand-Mirror:








When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer:




O Me! O Life!:


To a President:


I Sit and Look Out:


To Rich Givers:


The Dalliance of the Eagles:


Roaming in Thought:


A Farm Picture:


A Child's Amaze:


The Runner:


Beautiful Women:


Mother and Babe:








Gliding o'er All:


Has Never Come to Thee an Hour:




To Old Age:


Locations and Times:




To Identify the 16th, 17th or 18th Presidentiad:



Drum-Taps: An Intro:


First O Songs for a Prelude:


Eighteen Sixty-One:


Beat! Beat! Drums!:


From Paumanok Starting I Fly like a Bird:


Song of the Banner at Daybreak:

Song of the Banner at Daybreak, A:

Song of the Banner at Daybreak, B:


Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deeps:


Virginia -- The West:


City Of Ships:


The Centenarian's Story:


Cavalry Crossing a Ford:


Bivouac on a Mountain Side:


An Army Corps on the March:


By the Bivouac's Fitful Flame:


Come Up from the Fields Father:


Vigil Strange I kept on the Field One Night:


A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest:


A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim:


As Toilsome I Wander'd Virginia's Woods:


Not the Pilot:


Year that Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Me:


The Wound-Dresser:


Long, too Long America:


Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun:


Dirge for Two Veterans:


Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voice:


I Saw Old General at Bay:


The Artilleryman's Vision:


Ethiopia Saluting the Colors:


Not Youth Pertains to Me:


Race of Veterans:


World Take Good Notice:


O Tan-Faced Prairie-Boy:


Look Down Fair Moon:




How Solemn as One by One:


As I Lay with My Head in Your Lap Camerado:


Delicate Cluster:


To a Certain Civilian:


Lo, Victress on the Peaks:


Spirit whose Work is Done:


Adieu to a Soldier:


Turn O Libertad:


To the Leaven'd Soil They Trod:



Memories of President Lincoln: An Intro:


When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd:





       #14-16, A:

       #14-16, B:



O Captain! My Captain!:


Hush’d be the Camps To-day:


This Dust was Once the Man:



By Blue Ontario's Shore:















Autumn Rivulets, An Intro:


As Consequent, etc.:


The Return of the Heroes, A:

The Return of the Heroes, B:



There was a Child Went Forth, A:

There was a Child Went Forth, B:


Old Ireland:


The City Dead-House:


This Compost:


To a Foil'd European Revolutionaire:


Unnamed Lands:


Song of Prudence:


The Singer in the Prison:


Warble for Lilac-Time:


Outlines for a Tomb:


Out from Behind This Mask:




To Him That was Crucified:


You Felons on Trial in Courts:


Laws for Creations:


To a Common Prostitute:


I was Looking a Long While:






Sparkles From the Wheel:


To A Pupil:


Unfolded Out Of The Folds:


What Am I After All:




Others may Praise What They Like:


Who Learns My Lesson Complete?:




The Torch:


O Star of France (1870-71):


The Ox-Tamer:


An Old Man's Thought of School:


Wandering at Morn:


Italian Music in Dakota:


With All Thy Gifts:


My Picture-Gallery:


The Prairie States:



Proud Music of the Storm:

Intro and #1:

       #2-6, A:

       #2-6, B:



Passage to India:






       #8-9, A:

       #8-9, B:


Prayer of Columbus:


The Sleepers:

       Sleepers A:

       Sleepers B:

       Sleepers C:




To Think of Time:

       Think of Time, A:

       Think of Time, B:


Whispers of Heavenly Death: An Intro:


Darest Thou Now O Soul:


Whispers of Heavenly Death:


Chanting the Square Deific:


Of Him I Love Day and Night:


Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hours:


As if a Phantom Caress’d Me:




Quicksand Years:


That Music Always Round Me:


What Ship Puzzled at Sea:


A Noiseless Patient Spider:


O Living Always, Always Dying:


To One Shortly to Die:


Night on the Prairies:




The Last Invocation:


As I Watch’d the Ploughman Ploughing:


Pensive and Faltering:



Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood, A:

Thou Mother with Thy Equal Brood, B:



A Paumanok Picture:


From Noon to Starry Night: An Intro:


Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzling:




The Mystic Trumpeter:

       The Mystic Trumpeter, A:

       The Mystic Trumpeter, B:


To a Locomotive in Winter:


O Magnet-South:




All is Truth:


A Riddle Song:




Ah Poverties, Wincings, and Sulky Retreats:






Weave In, My Hardy Life:


Spain, 1873-74:


By Broad Potomac’s Shore:


From Far Dakota’s Canons (June 25, 1876):


Old War-Dreams:


Thick-Sprinkled Bunting:


What Best I See in Thee:


Spirit That Form'd This Scene:


As I Walk These Broad Majestic Days:


A Clear Midnight:




Songs of Parting:, An Intro:


As The Time Draws Nigh:


Years of the Modern:


Ashes of Soldiers:




Song at Sunset:


As at Thy Portals Also Death:


My Legacy:


Pensive on Her Dead Gazing:


Camps of Green:


The Sobbing of the Bells:


As They Draw to a Close:


Joy, Shipmate, Joy; The Untold Want; Portals; These Carols:


Now Finale to the Shore:


So Long!:

So Long!, A:

       So Long!, B:



First Annex: Sands at Seventy: An Intro:






From Montauk Point:


To Those Who've Fail'd:


A Carol Closing Sixty-Nine:


The Bravest Soldiers:


A Font of Type:


As I Sit Writing Here:


My Canary Bird:


Queries to My Seventieth Year:


The Wallabout Martyrs:


The First Dandelion:






To-day and Thee:


After The Dazzle of Day:


Abraham Lincoln, Born Feb. 12, 1809:


Out Of May's Shows Selected: Out Of May's Shows Selected:


Halcyon Days:


Fancies at Navesink:


Election Day, November, 1884:


With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea:


Death of General Grant:


Red Jacket (from Aloft):


Washington's Monument, February, 1885:


Of That Blithe Throat of Thine:




To Get the Final Lilt of Songs:


Old Salt Kossabone:


The Dead Tenor:








"Going Somewhere":


Small the Theme of My Chant:


True Conquerors:


The United States to Old World Critics:


The Calming Thought of All:


Thanks in Old Age:


Life and Death:


The Voice of the Rain:


Soon Shall the Winter's Foil Be Here:


While Not the Past Forgetting:


The Dying Veteran:


Stronger Lessons:


A Prairie Sunset:


Twenty Years:


Orange Buds by Mail from Florida:




You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Me:


Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alone:


The Dead Emperor:


As the Greek's Signal Flame:


The Dismantled Ship:


Now Precedent Songs, Farewell:


An Evening Lull:


Old Age's Lambent Peaks:


After the Supper and Talk:




Second Annex: Good-Bye My Fancy: An Intro:



Sail Out for Good, Eidólon Yacht!:


Lingering Last Drops:


Good-bye my Fancy:


On, on the Same, ye Jocund Twain:


My 71st Year:




The Pallid Wreath:


An Ended Day:


Old Age's Ship & Crafty Death's:


To the Pending Year:


Shakspere-Bacon's Cipher:


Long, Long Hence:


Bravo, Paris Exposition:


Interpolation Sounds:


To the Sun-set Breeze:


Old Chants:


A Christmas Greeting:


Sounds of the Winter:


A Twilight Song:


When the Full-grown Poet Came:




A Voice from Death, A:

A Voice from Death, B:


A Persian Lesson:


The Commonplace:


"The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete":




L. of G.'s Purport:


The Unexpress'd:


Grand is the Seen:


Unseen Buds:


Good-Bye my Fancy!:



Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, Talks with Walt, Final Thoughts:


A Backward Glace o’er Travel’d Roads, A:

A Backward Glace o’er Travel’d Roads, B:

A Backward Glace o’er Travel’d Roads, C:

A Backward Glace o’er Travel’d Roads, D: