Wednesday, April 4

When I Heard The Learn'd Astronomer

I heard this poem today while watching Breaking Bad. Gail, a character played by the Husband of the Superfan from Flight of the Conchords, recites it to Walt, the main character. I had never heard of it before and I love it.

When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
-Walt Whitman


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