So Long Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


TO conclude I announce what comes after meA
I announce mightier offspring orators days and then for theB
present departC
I remember I said before my leaves sprang at allD
I would raise my voice jocund and strong with reference toE
When America does what was promis'dG
When there are plentiful athletic bards inland and seaboardH
When through These States walk a hundred millions of superb personsF
When the rest part away for superb persons and contribute to themI
When breeds of the most perfect mothers denote AmericaB
Then to me and mine our due fruitionJ
I have press'd through in my own rightK
I have sung the Body and the Soul War and Peace have I sungL
And the songs of Life and of Birth and shown that there are manyA
I have offer'd my style to everyone I have journey'd with confidentM
While my pleasure is yet at the full I whisper So longO
And take the young woman's hand and the young man's hand for theB
last timeP
I announce natural persons to ariseF
I announce justice triumphantM
I announce uncompromising liberty and equalityA
I announce the justification of candor and the justification ofQ
I announce that the identity of These States is a single identityA
I announce the Union more and more compact indissolubleA
I announce splendors and majesties to make all the previous politicsF
of the earth insignificantM
I announce adhesiveness I say it shall be limitless unloosen'dM
I say you shall yet find the friend you were looking forS
I announce a man or woman coming perhaps you are the one So longO
I announce the great individual fluid as Nature chasteM
affectionate compassionate fully armedM
I announce a life that shall be copious vehement spiritual boldM
I announce an end that shall lightly and joyfully meet itsF
I announce myriads of youths beautiful gigantic sweet bloodedM
I announce a race of splendid and savage old menT
O thicker and faster So longO
O crowding too close upon meA
I foresee too much it means more than I thoughtM
It appears to me I am dyingU
Hasten throat and sound your lastM
Salute me salute the days once more Peal the old cry once moreS
Screaming electric the atmosphere usingU
At random glancing each as I notice absorbingU
Swiftly on but a little while alightingU
Curious envelop'd messages deliveringU
Sparkles hot seed ethereal down in the dirt droppingU
Myself unknowing my commission obeying to question it never daringU
To ages and ages yet the growth of the seed leavingU
To troops out of me out of the army the war arising they the tasksF
I have set promulgingU
To women certain whispers of myself bequeathing their affection meA
more clearly explainingU
To young men my problems offering no dallier I I the muscle ofQ
their brains tryingU
So I pass a little time vocal visible contraryA
Afterward a melodious echo passionately bent for death making meA
really undyingU
The best of me then when no longer visible for toward that I haveV
been incessantly preparingU
What is there more that I lag and pause and crouch extended withW
unshut mouthX
Is there a single final farewellA
My songs cease I abandon themI
From behind the screen where I hid I advance personally solely toM
Camerado This is no bookU
Who touches this touches a manY
Is it night Are we here aloneZ
It is I you hold and who holds youM
I spring from the pages into your arms decease calls me forthA2
O how your fingers drowse meA
Your breath falls around me like dew your pulse lulls the tympans ofQ
my earsF
I feel immerged from head to footM
Delicious enoughB2
Enough O deed impromptu and secretM
Enough O gliding present Enough O summ'd up pastM
Dear friend whoever you are take this kissF
I give it especially to you Do not forget meA
I feel like one who has done work for the day to retire awhileA
I receive now again of my many translations from my avatarasF
ascending while others doubtless await meA
An unknown sphere more real than I dream'd more direct dartsF
awakening rays about me So longU
Remember my words I may again returnC2
I love you I depart from materialsF
I am as one disembodied triumphant deadM

Walt Whitman


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