Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Poetry Tuesday: When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer                                           
                                                            --Walt Whitman

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 the 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.


Susan said...

I have always loved this poem!

Bossy Betty said...

Me too!