Liz’s Weekly Poetry Series: Walter Whitman White

by lizard

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

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.

—Walt Whitman

*

For how this poem relates to Breaking Bad, this piece by Kera Bolonik, featured at the Poetry Foundation, may be helpful.

For additional examples of the use of Whitman in pop culture, The World Doesn’t End.


  1. Big Swede

    I THINK that I shall never see
    those devils hanging from a tree;

    A tree whose heavy boughs await
    Limp hung forms of the fourth estate;

    A tree that looks at God all day,
    Ere come the day when they will pay;

    A tree that may in summer wear
    The heads of Clintons in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain
    But feet are nourished by evil slain;

    Poems are made by fools like me
    But TJ’s words can set us free.*

    *Author unknown, taken from C&S blog. TJ=T. Jefferson and his famous tree of liberty quote.

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