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Poetry Review Walt Whitman Passage To India Verse 9


The final poem in the Passage To India portion of Leaves Of Grass.

Whitman sees the Suez passage as opening up far more than just a quicker route for shipping between the US and India. It creates progress way beyond earthly ambitions. He sees it as a short cut to the heart of the mysteries of life itself, and even envisages us travelling to Jupiter or Sirius.

Whitman excitedly calls for us to raise our anchors and set off right away. He admits that our voyage to our unknown futures could prove perilous but he also believes it will be impossible to travel to any waters beyond the power or protection of God.

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Photo Whitman and Shakespeare, taken by me.

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Koalemos wrote on January 16, 2015, 6:27 PM

The only thing that I have ever known about Walt Whitman is that he was John Boy's favourite writer in The Waltons.

MelissaE wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:24 PM

The last verse is also the most rousing: Oh my bave soul/Oh farther farther sail/ Oh daring joy but safe/Are they not all the seas of God/Oh farther farther farther sail. While I find Leaves of Grass to be a bit daunting, I did just now go back and revisit "Oh Captain, My Captain." Middle schoolers have a much easier time with the latter; however, I can throw in bits of pieces of Leaves if I chunk it.

zabelle51 wrote on January 16, 2015, 8:36 PM

I love Walt Whitman but my favorite is O Captain my Captain. :)

arthurchappell wrote on January 17, 2015, 4:45 AM

&MelissaW and zabelle51 interesting that you both touch on the same Whitman poem - it is a great work - used brilliantly in the Robin Williams movie Dead Poet's Society

seren3 wrote on January 17, 2015, 9:23 PM

I do love his books. I have a couple.

BodieMor wrote on January 22, 2015, 2:24 AM

A wonderful poet/writer, and another I will have to dip into again because of your review...