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To a Stranger by Walt Whitman

On this, the inaugural episode of the tiff loves words podcast, we dive into a piece by America’s transcendentalist darling, Walt Whitman. To understand the emotion behind these words, we must first understand the time in which they were written and the fascinating man behind the pen.

What makes Walt Whitman’s “To a Stranger” so compelling?

To understand the emotion behind this poem, we must first understand the time in which it was written and the fascinating man behind the pen.

Library of Congress, 1854

In reading “To a Stranger,” knowing who Whitman was and what he had experienced offers a new lens to his beautiful, poignant words. The poem itself is short — fleeting like the moment in which it describes.

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To a Stranger

 

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