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Walt Whitman

Ted Woojin David
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ChangGyu Lim

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman The Good
Gray Poet Whitman was born on Long Island
Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money
Whitman's sexuality is often discussed alongside his poetry
as either homosexual or bisexual in his feelings and attractions
Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life.
Also aiding in his popularity was the publication of "O Captain! My Captain!", a relatively conventional poem on the death of Abraham Lincoln, the only poem to appear in anthologies during Whitman's lifetime.
Whitman died at age 72 and his funeral became a public spectacle His one of the most transcendental poem was probably "Song of Myself", which was published in 1855.


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.


A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;
How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more
than he.

I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green
stuff woven.

Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,
A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropt,
Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we may see
and remark, and say Whose?

Or I guess the grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the
vegetation.

Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,
And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones,
Growing among black folks as among white,
Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the same, I
receive them the same.

And now it seems to me the beautiful uncut hair of graves.

Tenderly will I use you curling grass,
It may be you transpire from the breasts of young men,
It may be if I had known them I would have loved them,
It may be you are from old people, or from offspring taken soon out
of their mothers' laps,
And here you are the mothers' laps.

This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old mothers,
Darker than the colorless beards of old men,
Dark to come from under the faint red roofs of mouths.

O I perceive after all so many uttering tongues,
And I perceive they do not come from the roofs of mouths for
nothing.

I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men and
women,
And the hints about old men and mothers, and the offspring taken
soon out of their laps.

What do you think has become of the young and old men?
And what do you think has become of the women and children?

They are alive and well somewhere,
The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,
And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the
end to arrest it,
And ceas'd the moment life appear'd.

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,
And to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
Makes an indirect reference to Emerson's philosophy.
"To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, - that is genius." How were they innovative? New? Different? Walt Whitman is often refered as the Father of Free Verse. His style of poetry was very distinct and special compared to the other poets at the time. This supports the transcendental view that "Imitation is SUICIDE." quoted by Emerson. Why is Walt Whitman considered transcendental? Romanticism is a literary movement while transcendentalism is a whole new philosophy. (E.g. nature, individualism.) more information: http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transcendentalism/roots/legacy/whitman/songofmyselfweb.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walt_whitman
I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, Ted Lim David Jyung WooJin Kim MADE BUY : Transcendental emphasized the importance of the INDIVIDUAL. In this line it shows the praising of themselves.
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