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Walt Whitman–Leaves of Grass

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It seems incredible, but RT has never posted on Walt Whitman before. To start off his reflections on the great poet, he offers the opening of Leaves of Grass:

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One’s-Self I Sing

  One's-self I sing, a simple separate person,
  Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.

  Of physiology from top to toe I sing,
  Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say
      the Form complete is worthier far,
  The Female equally with the Male I sing.

  Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,
  Cheerful, for freest action form'd under the laws divine,
  The Modern Man I sing.
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Photo: The Laughing Philosopher, Walt Whitman (1887); George C. Cox; WikiCmns; LOC. Public Domain.
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  1. April 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    One of the greatest poems ever written. Thanks for sharing!

  2. willowmarie
    April 19, 2013 at 2:46 am

    I found a volume of “Leaves of Grass” tucked away in an antique store years ago now. It’s one of my most cherished books. His work resonates. Good to read some here- a welcome surprise.

  3. April 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I wrote a blog post with some of his wonderful work here
    http://amonikabyanyuvva.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/poet-of-the-bodypoet-of-the-soul/

  4. JK Bevill - Lost Creek Publishing
    May 5, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Reblogged this on lost creek publishing.

    • May 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      LCP: thanks for the reblog; as always, it’s appreciated! RT

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