A Child's Amaze


SILENT and amazed, even when a little boy,
I remember I heard the preacher every Sunday put God in his
statements,
As contending against some being or influence.

by Walt Whitman

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I am amazed; silent prayer. Just praying I am; asking nothing. God is before me. But I am not before GOD! obscurity touches the Sunday light; Sunday heart; Sunday holy Verses! I am praying and forgetting what I am asking. Still I am asking nothing. Behind me a darkness and before the obscurity. On the stalk of rose I am less of honey......
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Am I mistaken? The way I first interpreted that last line sends to suggest he thought the preacher would always imply God was contending against some being or influence...was he, the child, by his innocence, able to see the preacher apostasize while the rest of the congregation couldn't see or hear the duplicity? I know I'm over thinking it but I just wanted to know if anyone else was seeing it this way too...
Am I mistaken? The way I first interpreted that last line sends to suggest he thought the preacher would always imply God was contending against some being or influence...was he, the child, by his innocence, able to see the preacher apostasize while the rest of the congregation
What I'm puzzling through with A Child's Amaze is the final line: As contending against some being or influence. The way this line is written, I'm not sure if Walt Whitman meant that the preacher himself was contending with some being or influence by putting God into his statements or if the preacher was putting God into his statements to help his parish contend with some being or influence. Is Walt Whitman cynical in this poem or merely reporting an ordinary church experience? Is this poem a commentary? I'm not sure, based on the way the final line is composed. I don't like this poem as much as some of his other works.
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