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“When I Heard The Learn’d Astronomer”: Cinematic Poem Promotional Short Film Featuring Walt Whitman Narrated By Neil deGrasse Tyson (2013)

Astrophysicist and Director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrasse Tyson reads Walt Whitman’s “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer.”

Produced by:  American Museum of Natural History and AMNH.tv

Co-Produced by:  California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco and GOTO INC, Tokyo, Japan.

Narrated by:  Neil deGrasse Tyson

“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomers” by Walt Whitman

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 the 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.