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

4 Responses to Weekly Whitman: “America”

  1. 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.

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