Vintage verse – When I Heard the Learned Astronomer by Walt Whitman


When I Heard the Learned 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.

by Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Read the rest of the cartoon by Gavin Aung Than.


2 responses to “Vintage verse – When I Heard the Learned Astronomer by Walt Whitman”

  1. Joyce Avatar

    These are great! Thank you for introducing the cartoons – and Gavin Aung Than – to me!

  2. addacat Avatar

    I always loved this one.

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