Pioneers! O Pioneers!
by Walt Whitman
Pioneers! O Pioneers! Visions of America Quotes
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Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your work,)
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us, (85-87)
Here our speaker is clear that this American project has to do with art, too, just in case you were worried. It has to do with song and poetry. The future of art (a form of creation) must come from the new. That's why he is looking forward to a new surge of art from the people of America, since it is the new country, full of uncharted land and seemingly endless possibilities, populated by young, clever, creative pioneers. (And remember, there are more ways than one to pioneer.)