Gliding O'er All

By Walt Whitman 1819–1892 Walt Whitman
Gliding o'er all, through all,
Through Nature, Time, and Space,
As a ship on the waters advancing,
The voyage of the soul—not life alone,
Death, many deaths I'll sing.

Source: Leaves of Grass (1881-82 edition) (James R. Osgood and Company, 1881)

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Poet Walt Whitman 1819–1892

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Death, The Mind, Religion, The Spiritual

 Walt  Whitman

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Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. In Leaves of Grass (1855), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and reassurance even in death.

Along with Emily Dickinson, Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant nineteenth century poets. Born on Long . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Death, The Mind, Religion, The Spiritual

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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