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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer Summary
Walt Whitman

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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer Summary

Introduction

Walt Whitman, whose name is synonymous with the United States and who continues to be widely considered America's greatest romantic poet, was inspired in a variety of ways by the Civil War. Many of the poems in Drum-Taps (1865), for example, a collection that was instrumental in establishing Whitman as a spokesperson for his country, deal directly with the fierce struggle between the Union and the Confederacy. However, this collection also included a number of poems with broad stylistic and thematic innovations only indirectly related to the conflict. Diverse explorations of Whitman's powerful and musical poetic voice, these poems were later incorporated into a variety of sections of Whitman's most important work, Leaves of Grass, which he revised and released in various editions throughout his life.

"When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer," which is included in the "By the Roadside" section of the standard 1892 edition of Leaves of Grass, published...

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