Salut au Monde

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Walt Whitman (1819—1892) American poet


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Poem by Whitman, published as “Poem and Salutation” in Leaves of Grass (1856) and given its present title in 1867.

In the form of a colloquy, the poem opens with the demand, “O take my hand, Walt Whitman!” and the question, “What widens within you, Walt Whitman?” This is answered by long catalogues of what the poet sees and hears throughout the world, and the statement, My spirit has passed in compassion and determination around the whole earth; I have look'd for equals and lovers, and found them ready for me in all lands; I think some divine rapport has equalized me with them.

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