If the United States haven't grown poets, on any scale of grandeur, it is certain that they import, print, and read more poetry than any equal number of people elsewhere -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. Poetry (like a grand personality) is a growth of many generations -- many rare combinations. To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman (1892). "III. Notes Left Over 3. Ventures, on an Old Theme". Complete Prose Works. Philadelphia: David McKay. p. 324.
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.Walt WhitmanLeaves of Grass, 'Memories of President Lincoln', 'O Captain! My Captain!' (1865)
I will write the evangel-poem of comrades and of love.Walt WhitmanStarting from Paumanok. 6.
I say the real and permanent grandeur of these States must be their religion.Walt WhitmanStarting from Paumanok. 7.
I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion’s sake.Walt WhitmanStarting from Paumanok. 7.
None has begun to think how divine he himself is and how certain the future is.Walt WhitmanStarting from Paumanok. 7.
The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman.Walt WhitmanSong of the Broad-Axe.
All, all for immortality, Love like the light silently wrapping all.Walt WhitmanSong of the Universal, 4.
O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done! The ship has weathered every wrack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.Walt WhitmanMemories of President Lincoln. O Captain! my Captain!
The paths to the house I seek to make, But leave to those to come the house itself.Walt WhitmanThou Mother with thy Equal Brood, 1.
Whoever you are, motion and reflection are especially for you, The divine ship sails the divine sea for you.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Song of the Rolling Earth, 2.
In this broad earth of ours, Amid the measureless grossness and the slag, Enclosed and safe within its central heart , Nestles the seed perfection.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Song of the Universal, in Leaves of Grass
And over all the sky the sky! far, far out of reach, studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Bivouac on a Mountain Side.
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.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, "Song of Myself" (6) (1855–1881)
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Leaves of Grass, "Song of Myself" (31) (1855–1881).
I loafe and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease, observing a spear of summer grass.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, Song of Myself.
When lilacs last in the door-yard bloom'd, And the great star early droop'd in the western sky in the night, I mourn'd and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.Walt WhitmanWalt Whitman, When Lilacs Last in the Door-Yard Bloom'd, I, Leaves of Grass.
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