A NOISELESS, patient spider, I mark'd, where, on a little promontory, it stood, isolated; Mark'd how, to explore the vacant, vast surrounding, It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself; Ever unreeling them--ever tirelessly speeding them. And you, O...
by Walt Whitman
Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know of nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs of houses toward the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of
Or stand under...
My senior thesis in high school was on Whitman. Honestly, I'd never given the man much thought before as a poet; the most I could say about him was that I knew for some reason I was supposed to respect him. To most of my peers, and I am shamed to admit, to me, he was just a...
"Vast and starless, the pall of heaven
Laps on the trailing pall below;
And forward, forward, in solemn darkness,
As if to the sea of the lost we go"
Nice symbolism of our journey.
I've always loved his Civil War writings and every American should go to Gettysburg...
I celebrate myself, and sing myself
And what I assume, you shall assume
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you
I loafe and and invite my soul
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass
My tongue, every atom of my blood...
'Was somebody asking to see the soul?
See your own shape and countenance...
Behold, the body includes and is the meaning, the main
Concern, and includes and is the soul'
I'm not an aficionado of Walk Whitman's Poetry, or the poetry in general, but he succeed in making a great...
who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?/
And if those who defile the living are as bad as they who defile the dead?/ And if the body does not do fully as much as the soul?/ And if the body were not the soul, what is the soul?”
-Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
In Walt Whitman, American poetry comes of age. His style, verse, and subject matter do not hark back to the familiar European model but is a wholly American form. He may have been influenced by the fact that the nation moving towards an existential crisis called the civil...