The Ship Starting

Walt Whitman 1819 (West Hills) – 1892 (Camden)




   LO! THE unbounded sea!
   On its breast a Ship starting, spreading all her sails--an ample
         Ship, carrying even her moonsails;
   The pennant is flying aloft, as she speeds, she speeds so stately--
         below, emulous waves press forward,
   They surround the Ship, with shining curving motions, and foam.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABAACD
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 323
Words 49
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 6

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