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retrospective
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  • With firm and regular step they wend, they never stop, Successions of men, Americanos, a hundred millions, One generation playing its part and passing on, Another generation playing its part and passing on in its turn, With faces turn’d sideways or backward towards me to listen, With eyes retrospective towards me.
  • Ashes of Soldiers Ashes of soldiers South or North, As I muse retrospective murmuring a chant in thought, The war resumes, again to my sense your shapes, And again the advance of the armies.

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  • I would bind in words retrospective some of your deeds and signs, I would sing your contest for the 19th Presidentiad, I would sing how an old man, tall, with white hair, mounted the scaffold in Virginia, (I was at hand, silent I stood with teeth shut close, I watch’d, I stood very near you old man when cool and indifferent, but trembling with age and your unheal’d wounds you mounted the scaffold;) I would sing in my copious song your census returns of the States, The tables of…
  • Turn O Libertad Turn O Libertad, for the war is over, From it and all henceforth expanding, doubting no more, resolute, sweeping the world, Turn from lands retrospective recording proofs of the past, From the singers that sing the trailing glories of the past, From the chants of the feudal world, the triumphs of kings, slavery, caste, Turn to the world, the triumphs reserv’d and to come—give up that backward world, Leave to the singers of hitherto, give them the trailing past, But what…
  • …groups, love, deeds, words, books—for colors, forms, For all the brave strong men—devoted, hardy men—who’ve forward sprung in freedom’s help, all years, all lands For braver, stronger, more devoted men—(a special laurel ere I go, to life’s war’s chosen ones, The cannoneers of song and thought—the great artillerists—the foremost leaders, captains of the soul:) As soldier from an ended war return’d—As traveler out of myriads, to the long procession retrospective, Thanks—joyful thanks!
  • After the cycles, poems, singers, plays, Vaunted Ionia’s, India’s—Homer, Shakspere—the long, long times’ thick dotted roads, areas, The shining clusters and the Milky Ways of stars—Nature’s pulses reap’d, All retrospective passions, heroes, war, love, adoration, All ages’ plummets dropt to their utmost depths, All human lives, throats, wishes, brains—all experiences’ utterance; After the countless songs, or long or short, all tongues, all lands, Still something not yet told in poesy’s…

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as in: a photographic retrospective Define
an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
as in: a retrospective study Define
concerned with or related to the past
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