Walt Whitman Poem “When I heard the learn’d astronomer, When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me, When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them, When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture room, How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself, In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” I can relate to this poem because I’ve always been very intrigued with Astronomy and Cosmology. To me this poem talks about the basics of science and nature that involves a higher purpose. In this poem Walt Whitman seemed confused about the scientific facts and quantum equations about the stars. The lines that was most crucial to me was “In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.� � He mentally wanders off into the night gazing upon the stars in amazement, and admiring their beauty of nature. These lines that I’ve choose displays significant imagery, “In the mystical moist night-air” one can envision the mystical moist rising from the ground into the night airy sky. The next part is implying “and from time to time, Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.” On each time you gaze upon the stars just absorb the beauty and enjoy the peaceful silence. To go more in-depth about the imagery, the writer wants you to feel closer to the poem and envision nature how it truly is. Walt Whitman was a transcendentalist who viewed nature played a huge role in the world. This poem was important to me because it made me see more then what meets the eye. This poem made me envision the world differently and to enjoy the little things in life.
April 26, 2016