Throughout his great career, Whitman continuously revised, expanded, and republished Leaves of Grass, but as Harold Bloom reminds us, the book that matters most is the 1855 original. In celebration of the poems 150th anniversary, Penguin Classics proudly presents the 1855 text in its original and complete form, with a specially commissioned introductory essay by Harold Bloom.
I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
"Whitman, the great poet, has meant so much to me. Whitman the one man breaking a way ahead. Whitman the one pioneer . . . Ahead of Whitman, nothing. Ahead of all poets, pioneering into the wilderness of unopened life, Whitman. Beyond him, none." D. H. Lawrence...Continua
Oh daring joy, but safe! Are they not all the seas of God?
" Oh gioia che osi, ma sicura!, non sono tutti questi mari di Dio?"
P.S. - Ho ancora i brividi!
Fantastic and very inspirational. I can have the worst writer's block ever, and this can get me out of it!!
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 thought ...
"The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles, and all the creeds."
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.