Weekly Whitman: “America”

Walt Whitman himself reads this short poem, caught for posterity on a wax cylinder.

And here’s what a wax cylinder looks like:

An Edison wax cylinder machine


Centre of equal daughters, equal sons,

All, all alike endear’d, grown, ungrown, young or old,

Strong, ample, fair, enduring, capable, rich,

Perennial with the Earth, with Freedom, Law and Love,

A grand, sane, towering, seated Mother,

Chair’d in the adamant of Time.



[1] https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/53091/america-56d23215696b8

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4 Responses to Weekly Whitman: “America”

  1. What a splendid Sunday gift, Meg. Not only a Whitman poem, but Whitman reading his poem. Thank you. Thank you.

  2. Katy Berman says:

    Wow! Thank-you! His voice fits his poetry-strong, emphatic. My favorite CW poem by Whitman is “Cavalry Crossing a Ford.” (Think that’s the correct title.) It is a perfect word-picture.

  3. Meg Groeling says:

    That is one of my favorites as well. Thanks, and enjoy the column.

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