There Was a Child Went Forth

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Walt Whitman (1819—1892) American poet


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Poem by Whitman, published without title in Leaves of Grass (1855), as “Poem of the Child That Went Forth, and Always Goes Forth, Forever and Forever” (1860), and under its present title in 1871.

This short poem states in simple terms Whitman's concept of man's identification with nature and the persons who surround him, and declares that those objects and people that he looked upon “became part of that child who went forth every day and who now goes, and will always go forth, every day.”

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