- Mahl, Evan
- Date of entry: May-07-2001
The narrator recounts a day sitting through an astronomy lecture, listening to the astronomer's dry mathematical descriptions of the stars, and watching their arrangement into charts, columns, and figures. During the lecture he becomes "tired and sick" and wanders off into the "mystical moist night-air" to silently gaze up at the stars.
First published: 1865. Vintage edition introduction by John Holland and notes (copyright 1982) by Justin Kaplan.
Leaves of Grass
Vintage: Library of America