Beginning with Whitman

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As I see and hear the various responses to the marathon that is the USA Presidential Election I wonder what that means.  I am not an expert on anything, let alone politics.  However, we can all recognise, even in some small way, the longings in the hearts and minds of our fellow travelers.  As I think on this, my wonder alights on the various North American literary figures who have passed through my hands, eyes, mind and heart.  I was drawn to this handsome edition of Walt Whitman‘s ‘Leaves of Grass’ (San Diego: Canterbury Classics, 2015).

The quote countersunk into the back cover reminds us that what can affect you, can affect me and, indeed, so many others.

 

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Poets and other literary persons can assist us at times when we find ourselves searching. Perhaps it re-awakens a search in you.   You may also enjoy ‘I Just Realized’ by ‘The Bookshelf of Emily J.’

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One thought on “Beginning with Whitman

  1. One of my favorites. I first read it in literary class in high school. That was an electric year. I met Whitman, Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, Buck, Dickinson, Bronte. Thoreau, Wordsworth….it was endless. On top of that I took an Introduction to Shakespeare course. “Would that I had not been a 16 year old dreamer with eyes for things I could not have”. I wish I could do it all again and absorb more. They did influence me greatly; for once read, great litearture cannot be forgotten.

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