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Passions in PoetryUnfolded Out of the Folds
by Walt Whitman

 

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Passions in Poetry Home > All Poems > Classic Poetry > Walt Whitman > When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed
Walt Whitman
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Unfolded Out of the Folds
by Walt Whitman

Unfolded out of the folds of the woman man comes unfolded, and is always to
come unfolded,
Unfolded only out of the superbest woman of the earth is to come the superbest
man of the earth,
Unfolded out of the friendliest woman is to come the friendliest man,
Unfolded only out of the perfect body of a woman can a man be formed of
perfect body,
Unfolded only out of the inimitable poems of woman can come the poems of man,
(only thence have my poems come;)
Unfolded out of the strong and arrogant woman I love, only thence can appear
the strong and arrogant man I love,
Unfolded by brawny embraces from the well-muscled woman I love, only thence
come the brawny embraces of the man,
Unfolded out of the folds of the woman's brain come all the folds of the man's
brain, duly obedient,
Unfolded out of the justice of the woman all justice in unfolded,
Unfolded out of the sympathy of the woman is all sympathy;
A man is a great thing upon the earth and through eternity, but every jot of
the greatness of man is unfolded out of woman;
First the man is shaped in the woman, he can then be shaped in himself.

 

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