To you

When the American poet Walt Whitman started writing poetry, his work was not always received well. Not everyone agreed with his approach to poetry. His free verses were often met with criticism. Many failed to see the deeper meaning of his unconventional poems. Unconventional then, now: beautiful!

To you – analysis

The short version: one stanza, two lines.

But what lines!

In this poem, Whitman asks a stranger to tell things. Things so important, but that are left unspoken. Unspoken when it comes to relatives and family. Maybe because the answers might not be easy.

To you

By Walt Withman

Walt Whitman - To you

LET us twain walk aside from the rest;
Now we are together privately, do you discard ceremony,
Come! vouchsafe to me what has yet been vouchsafed to none—Tell me the whole story,
Tell me what you would not tell your brother, wife, husband, or physician.

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