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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

by Walt Whitman
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When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer Spirituality Quotes

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In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars. (line 7-8)


"Mystical" is the most important word relating to spirituality in the poem. "Mystics," like prophets, are spiritual figures who commune directly with God or the divine. The night air creates a mystical atmosphere in which the human speaker feels "at one" with his natural surroundings.

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