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Leaves of Grass Preface Analysis
Transcript of Leaves of Grass Preface Analysis
symbolism: Slavery is being shown as a corpse in a room. Paraphrasing + "America does not repeal the past or what it has produced under its forms or amid other politics or the idea of castes or the old religions... accepts the lesson with calmness... is not so impatient as has been supposed that the slough stilll sticks to opinions and manners and literature while the life which served its requirements has passed into the new life of the new forms... percieves that the corpse is slowly borne from the eating and sleeping rooms of the house... perceives that the corpse is slowly borne from the eating and sleepings rooms of the house... percieves that it waits a little while in the door that it was fittest for its days... that its action has descended to the stalwart and well-shaped heir who approaches... and that he shall be fittest for his days... that its action has descended to the stalwart and well-shaped heir who approaches... and that he shall be fittest for his days.
The Americans of all nations at any time upon the earth have probably the fullest poetical nature. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. In the history of the earth hitherto the largest and most stirring appear tame and orderly to their ampler largeness and stir. Here at last is something in the doings of man that corresponds with the broadcast doings of the day and night. Here is not merely a nation but a teeming nation of nations. Here is action untied from strings necessarily blind to particulars and details magnificently moving in vast masses. Here is the hospitality which forever indicates heroes.... Here are the roughs and beards and space and ruggedness and nonchalance that the soul loves. Here the performance disdaining the trivial unapproached in the tremendous audacity of its crowds and groupings and the push of its perspective spreads with crampless and flowing breadth and showers its prolific and splendid extravagance. One sees it must indeed own the riches of the summer and winter, and need never be bankrupt while corn grows from the ground or the orchards drop apples or the bays contain fish or men beget children upon women...." Bibliography "Leaves of Grass By Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Biography."
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman CliffsNotes. N.p., n.d. Web. Oct. 2012.