Described by Emily Dickinson as "disgraceful" and by Emerson as "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America had yet contributed" to world literature, Leaves of Grass is more than a literary performance. In his departure from the ...
rules of conventional poetry, his breaking down of the metered line, and his discarding of the obligatory rhyme-scheme, Whitman captures the vigorous spirit of the whole American nation. This edition reproduces the 1891-2 text and includes Whitman's preface to the 1855 edition, as well as Emerson's famous letter of 1855, greeting Whitman "at the beginning of a great career."
Me imperturbe, standing at ease in Nature,Master of all or mistress of all, aplomb in the midst of irrational things,Imbued as they, passive, receptive, silent as they,Finding my occupation, poverty, notoriety, foibles, crimes, less important than I
..."mportant than I thought ... Continua...Nascondi
For those who feel free. For those who seek indipendence. For those who are curious and hates stereotypes. For those who have a bloody desire to improve..just keep it next to you, as you travel through your life.
and I know the amplitude of timeI am the poet of the bodyand I am the poet of the soulThe pleasure of heaven are with me, and the pains of hell are with me,the first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter i translate into a new tongue.
...e into a new tongue.Continua...Nascondi