Mysticism is an experience that can be achieved by spiritual journey from the immortal human soul to the divine spirit. According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, “it is a belief that knowledge of God and of real truth can be found through prayer and meditation rather than through reason and senses”. A strong note of mysticism runs through the bulk of Whitman’s poetry.
Whitman sees mysticism from a wide perspective: Walt Whitman in his famous poem “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” reveals his mystic attitude which is different from that of any other poet of the same creed. Walt Whitman as a mystic poet has a number of characteristics mentioned in the forgoing paragraphs. This one of the most celebrated aspects of literature is more striking and paradoxical than those of his predecessors. Mystic union between individual soul and body: According to eastern mysticism, body is a hindrance in the way of mystic union between individual soul and God. But Whitman has a different view as to the relationship between body and soul.