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Among the Multitude by Walt Whitman


"Among the Multitude" is a poem written by Walt Whitman. This poem is about meeting a woman who keeping eyeballing him. He says that she keeps looking at him and no one else. Everyone around him finds it weird. The second stanza talks about how he has longed for the day and has wanted to meet a girl like her for a long time.

This poem is made up of two stanzas. The first stanza has five lines while the second has three. There is not a rhyme scheme.


Among the Multitude

Among the men and women the multitude,
I perceive one picking me out by secret and divine signs,
Acknowledging none else, not parent, wife, husband, brother, child,
any nearer than I am,
Some are baffled, but that one is not--that one knows me.

Ah lover and perfect equal,
I meant that you should discover me so by faint indirections,
And I when I meet you mean to discover you by the like in you.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Longing, Love, Relationship

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