Friday, March 7, 2014

Poetry On TV

Have you seen the iPad commercials that have been on television over the past few months? If not, click below. The poem on the commercial is a segment of Walt Whitman’s O Me! O Life! I was so excited to hear a poem on television that I had to blog about it. I’m used to hearing songs on commercials, so a poem was a nice change. Well done, Apple. I hope we hear more poetry on TV soon.


Here’s the full poem:

O Me! O Life!

O Me! O Life!by Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass, 1892)


O Me! O life! of the questions of these recurring;  
Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish;  
Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?)  
Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d;  
Of the poor results of all, of the plodding and sordid crowds I see around me;         
Of the empty and useless years of the rest, with the rest me intertwined;  
The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?  


That you are here—that life exists, and identity;  
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

O Me!

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