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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer


by Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Are you the kind of person who always has to "stay until the end" of something? Would you have left the lecture if you were in the speaker's place?
  2. Do you think the speaker would have felt a "mystical" connection to the night if he had not been bored out of his gourd moments before?
  3. Do you think that math and spirituality are incompatible? What is the difference between these two perspectives? Can they coexist?
  4. Imagine that the speaker wanders back to the lecture hall after checking out the stars, and he and the astronomer have a conversation. What would each man say?
  5. Have you ever felt like you were fully a part of nature, or do you always feel a slight separation from the natural world?

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