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Intrepretation of Walt Whitman's Astronomer Poem

What implications or interpretation is you get from reading it.

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, from time to time,
Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars.
- Walt Whitman, (1819-1892).

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This poem is about the poet (Whitman) who attended a lecture given by an astronomer. The astronomer was presenting his research to a group of people who attended his lecture. Whitman was one of those in attendance - these sorts of educational lectures were popular during that time in history. Socialites (wealthy people in society) liked to pass the time attending intellectual presentations of this sort. The researchers were willing to present their research findings to these non-scientific people in this manner because these persons, as mentioned before, were wealthy, and sometimes they ...

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Discussion of meaning and intrepretations gleaned from Walt Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer poem.