Poetry Review Walt Whitman Passage To India Verse 9
The final poem in the Passage To India portion of Leaves Of Grass.
Whitman sees the Suez passage as opening up far more than just a quicker route for shipping between the US and India. It creates progress way beyond earthly ambitions. He sees it as a short cut to the heart of the mysteries of life itself, and even envisages us travelling to Jupiter or Sirius.
Whitman excitedly calls for us to raise our anchors and set off right away. He admits that our voyage to our unknown futures could prove perilous but he also believes it will be impossible to travel to any waters beyond the power or protection of God.
Image Credit » Photo Whitman and Shakespeare, taken by me.