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Once I Pass'd Through a Populous City by Walt Whitman


"Once I Pass'd Through a Populous City" is a poem written by Walt Whitman. The author talks about how he went on vacation to a large city and wanted to remember everything about it. However, once he met a woman, he spent all of his time with her instead. And now, instead of remembering the city, he simply remembers her. He still sees her now and again but he isn't staying with her.

This poem is written as one stanza and has ten lines.


Once I Pass'd Through a Populous City

Once I pass'd through a populous city imprinting my brain for future
use with its shows, architecture, customs, traditions,
Yet now of all that city I remember only a woman I casually met
there who detain'd me for love of me,
Day by day and night by night we were together--all else has long
been forgotten by me,
I remember I say only that woman who passionately clung to me,
Again we wander, we love, we separate again,
Again she holds me by the hand, I must not go,
I see her close beside me with silent lips sad and tremulous.

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Literary Movement
19th Century

Memory, Love, Relationship

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