Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy Birthday to Walt Whitman, poet, journalist and essayist.


To the States or any one of them, or any city of the States, Resist much, obey little
     Once unquestioning obedience, once fully enslaved,
     Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city of this earth, ever afterward resumes its liberty.


" 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 invite my soul,
     I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.
     My tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air,
     Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same,
     I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin,
     Hoping to cease not till death.
     Creeds and schools in abeyance,
     Retiring back a while sufficed what they are, but never forgotten,
     I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard,
     Nature without check with original energy.

Walt Whitman, American poet, journalist, essay writer and celebrator of the human form, was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York. "Leaves of Grass," his masterpiece is a landmark in the history of American Literature. 


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Taking a walk through Leaves of Grass: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/taking-walk-through-leaves-grass

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