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On The Beach At Night Analysis

Author: Poetry of Walt Whitman Type: Poetry Views: 1301

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ON the beach, at night,

Stands a child, with her father,

Watching the east, the autumn sky.

Up through the darkness,

While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading,

Lower, sullen and fast, athwart and down the sky,

Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east,

Ascends, large and calm, the lord-star Jupiter;

And nigh at hand, only a very little above,

Swim the delicate brothers, the Pleiades.10

From the beach, the child, holding the hand of her father,

Those burial-clouds that lower, victorious, soon to devour all,

Watching, silently weeps.

Weep not, child,

Weep not, my darling,

With these kisses let me remove your tears;

The ravening clouds shall not long be victorious,

They shall not long possess the sky--shall devour the stars only in


Jupiter shall emerge--be patient--watch again another night--the

Pleiades shall emerge,

They are immortal--all those stars, both silvery and golden, shall

shine out again,20

The great stars and the little ones shall shine out again--they


The vast immortal suns, and the long-enduring pensive moons, shall

again shine.

Then, dearest child, mournest thou only for Jupiter?

Considerest thou alone the burial of the stars?

Something there is,

(With my lips soothing thee, adding, I whisper,

I give thee the first suggestion, the problem and indirection,)

Something there is more immortal even than the stars,

(Many the burials, many the days and nights, passing away,)

Something that shall endure longer even than lustrous Jupiter,30

Longer than sun, or any revolving satellite,

Or the radiant brothers, the Pleiades.


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i know the moral of this poem. Like a life inspirational motivated thoughts will shred by whitman

| Posted on 2016-09-25 | by a guest

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I agree that you should never say you hate a poem simply because you dont understand it. I also agree with the analysis that it is metaphorically explaing how the war will be over soon and that it will only cause sadness for a certain amount of time.

| Posted on 2010-03-21 | by a guest

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i admire his piece especially this one its really emotional and very breath ttskin

| Posted on 2010-03-12 | by a guest

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This is one of the only poems by whitman that I actually think are sonehting special.

| Posted on 2010-01-28 | by a guest

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I've read the poem multiple times through and through & it may be because I've lucked out on some information, but I don't see how the child is mourning the loss of her mother?
In my humble opinion, since the poem is written during the Civil War times.. its just a poem of reassurance. &the Father is comforting her.

| Posted on 2010-01-25 | by a guest

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this is a lovely poem of a daughter and her father mourning the loss of her mother

| Posted on 2009-12-24 | by a guest

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U shouldn't say you hate a certain poem. It's rude.
The father is saying to his daughter that the love for her mother should be more immortal than the Jupiter and the stars.

| Posted on 2009-02-24 | by a guest

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Y'all are crazy. I loveLOVElove Walt Whitman's poems especially this one.

| Posted on 2009-02-24 | by a guest

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i hate thisd poem and its stupid. eat dirt :) and die!!! :)

| Posted on 2009-02-20 | by a guest

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This poem is kind of moody like . From tears of the child to courage to the child from her father. Its shows many visions from a variety use of words. Nicely put togehther. Needs to be more exciting. Seems plain a little.

| Posted on 2009-02-20 | by a guest

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