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I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman


"I Hear America Singing" is a poem written by Walt Whitman. This poem is about happiness and living our lives as ourselves and no one else. We continue through our days, each and every one of us, hopefully being happy. No matter what our work is and who we are, we are all Americans and should be proud. We may all have the different jobs and different lifestyles, but we are still American no matter how different we are.

This poem is made up of only one stanza with twelve lines.


I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics--each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat--the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench--the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter's song--the ploughboy's, on his way in the morning,
or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother--or of the young wife at work--or of the girl sewing or washing--Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day--At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Life, Happiness, Work, Wife, Mother