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Whitman List Poem, Theme 3: Family

October 13, 2006

The following excerpt from “There was a Child went Forth” will be followed by a “List Poem” by Classes 5-303 and 5-302, entered one line at a time as “Comments” to this blog post.

Click the title of this post (Whitman List Poem, Theme 3: Family) and scroll down to read through our list of poetry lines.


Excerpt from Walt Whitman’s There was a Child went Forth with a family theme.


His own parents,
He that had father’d him, and she that had conceiv’d him in her womb, and birth’d him,
They gave this child more of themselves than that;
They gave him afterward every day—they became part of him.
The mother at home, quietly placing the dishes on the supper-table;
The mother with mild words—clean her cap and gown, a wholesome odor falling off her person and clothes as she walks by;
The father, strong, self-sufficient, manly, mean, anger’d, unjust;
The blow, the quick loud word, the tight bargain, the crafty lure,
The family usages, the language, the company, the furniture—the yearning and swelling heart,
Affection that will not be gainsay’d—the sense of what is real—the thought if, after all, it should prove unreal,
The doubts of day-time and the doubts of night-time—the curious whether and how,
Whether that which appears so is so, or is it all flashes and specks?

40 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2006 1:10 pm

    I saw my brother,my mom,and my dad and they were holding a cake that said “Happy Birthday”.

  2. October 20, 2006 1:11 pm

    My mom is always working I hardly see her. My dad is such a fun guy and a worker.
    Jordan, 5-303

  3. October 20, 2006 1:12 pm

    Family and pets are a gift to have. It is a special thing to have in the whole wide world.

    Sylvia, 5-303

  4. October 20, 2006 1:13 pm

    My mom is always working I hardly see her. My dad is such a fun guy and a worker.
    Jordan, 5-303

  5. October 20, 2006 1:15 pm

    When I fall asleep I dream about monsters the monsters were my brothers. I have such a sweet and
    kind sister she is as sweet and kind as chocolate.
    Leslie, 5-303

  6. October 20, 2006 1:16 pm

    My family is small. My mom, dad, grandma, sister, and me. My dad is tall and skinny like an adult snake. And my mom, sister ,and my grandma is about two inches taller than me.
    Simon 5-303

  7. October 20, 2006 1:25 pm

    My dog who is a female dog who is a female dog who is only 3 years old, she smells like a pig when she doesn’t take a bath.


  8. October 20, 2006 1:25 pm

    But I love all of them,they’re so wonderfull.

    Elizabeth 5-303

  9. Angela permalink
    October 20, 2006 1:26 pm

    My brother is so annoying.
    He jumps up and down and all around.
    Once he starts there’s no stoping him.

    Angela, 5-303

  10. October 20, 2006 1:27 pm

    Don’t even start with my dad.He is so strong.He is even stronger then a lion.And my house is like a zoo with alot of animals.

  11. October 20, 2006 1:29 pm

    My home has some elbow room. It smells like spring. I have a mom nice and clear. I have a sister smart and educated. I have a cat fearless and brave. My brother is mean and annoying. My dad is strong and strict.

    james 5-303

  12. October 20, 2006 1:30 pm

    But I love all of them, they’re so wonderfull.
    Elizabeth 5-303

  13. October 20, 2006 1:34 pm

    Don’t even start with my dad.He is so strong.He is even stronger then a lion.My house is like a zoo with alot of animals.


  14. October 20, 2006 1:41 pm

    When I go home I see my cat that is brown, white, and black. She is not a baby, but she is 1 year and a half old. Some time at night she comes on my bed and sleeps at my side in a half shaped moon my sister’s cat name is Baby.

  15. October 20, 2006 1:42 pm

    My family is close to my heart. They seem like I don’t mind my business but they still love me.
    Ashley, 5-303

  16. October 20, 2006 1:51 pm

    My grandfather’s chin is so hairy their like
    neadles. My mom’s hair is so shiney it’s like
    the hot sun.

    Jason, 5-303

  17. October 20, 2006 1:56 pm

    When I close my eyes I think my family is in my heart and dreaming of them and having fun in the park playing around and they still love me.

    Lorena, 5-303

  18. October 20, 2006 1:59 pm

    My brother acts tough around his friends but sometimes cries when my mom yells at him


  19. October 20, 2006 2:15 pm

    My family is big it has 5 people. We always have fun. My family likes being together and playing lots of games at home. My brother takes me places, my sister plays with me, my mom gives me things and my sister and brother are sweet, but sometimes annoying. I love my family.
    Alyssa, 5-303

  20. October 20, 2006 2:16 pm

    The hair on my dads chin is like needels going through my
    finger tips.

    kaitllyn, 5-303

  21. October 20, 2006 3:51 pm

    In the school yard we all run to to get a spot for dodgeball


  22. October 20, 2006 7:36 pm

    I mostly like farrah because she use them like
    like as if they were telling her emotion.

    Carol, 5-302

  23. October 23, 2006 4:15 pm

    I erased your email address before I published your comment.

    All students remember: Only write your FIRST NAME, and never enter a real email address — if you’re asked for one, write

    Mr. Rhys, TMS

  24. October 31, 2006 3:50 pm

    My house is always full of giggles,they call us the laughing family.


  25. October 31, 2006 3:54 pm

    My dad is strong like a machine and a dinosaur

    Hyat 5-302

  26. October 31, 2006 3:55 pm

    My home
    Smeells like baked cookies
    When my mom is making them


  27. October 31, 2006 3:57 pm

    My cousin runs after everybody trying to hit us with
    her belt.


    Class 5-302

  28. October 31, 2006 3:59 pm

    I see two wonderful dogs waiting to get their tummmy rubbed makes them feel like there is no place like home they never want to leave.
    Christy, 5-302

  29. October 31, 2006 4:00 pm

    When I go home I see my sister smiling with joy, I run up to her and kiss her on her cheek.


  30. October 31, 2006 4:05 pm

    I went to Pennsylvania I saw my cousins and ancestors.I play b-ball with my cousin and he always beet me and he is eighteen 

    Edgard, 5-302

  31. October 31, 2006 4:05 pm

    When I go home I can see that my mom is cleaning so I go up to her, and I help her.

    Jennifer, 5-302

  32. October 31, 2006 4:06 pm

    I imagine what would happen if my house burned
    down. The only thing I would be sure of is that
    I would be really sad.

    Ulices 5-302

  33. October 31, 2006 4:06 pm

    I hear my brother and sister laughing like laughing hyenas.

    Carely 5-302

  34. October 31, 2006 4:11 pm

    I play with my sister then we play with my xbox and then if I made a GOAL i am happy because I made a goal.
    Marco 5-302

  35. October 31, 2006 4:13 pm

    My brother is allways in his room listening to reggeton,and making me watch him dance while my mom is telling him to lower the volume.

    Summer 5-302

  36. October 31, 2006 4:15 pm

    When I wake up my dogs jump on me
    and I have to greet them to get them off of me.

    Justin, 5-302

  37. October 31, 2006 4:15 pm

    I really like how you wrote your comment. you wrote
    it with expertion.


    Class 5-302

  38. October 31, 2006 4:17 pm

    When my dad talks it sound like a lion roaring.

    Carely 5-302

  39. October 31, 2006 4:19 pm

    I really like how Christy wrote your comment.She wrote
    it with expression.


    Class 5-302

  40. October 31, 2006 4:20 pm

    I love my familly, I guess.


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