By Walt Whitman
A century after his demise, Whitman continues to be celebrated as America's maximum poet. during this startling re-creation of his paintings, Whitman biographer Gary Schmidgall offers over 200 poems of their unique pristine shape, within the chronological order within which they have been written, with Whitman's unique line breaks and punctuation. integrated during this quantity are facsimilies of Whitman's unique manuscripts, contemporary-- and customarily blistering-- reports of Whitman's poetry (not strangely Henry James hated it), and early pre-Leaves of Grass poems that go back us to the actual Whitman, rejoicing-- occasionally graphically-- in homoerotic love.
Unlike the numerous different on hand variants, all drawn from the ultimate licensed or "deathbed" Leaves of Grass, this assortment makes a speciality of the exuberant poems Whitman wrote throughout the inventive and sexual best of his lifestyles, approximately among 1853 and 1860. those poems are faithfully offered as Whitman first gave them to the world-- fearless, particular, and uncompromised-- prior to he reworked himself into America's decent, mainstream sturdy grey Poet via thirty years of revision, self-censorship, and suppression.
Whitman admitted that his later poetry lacked the "ecstasy of statement" of his early verse. Revealing that ecstasy for the 1st time, this variation makes attainable an incredible reappraisal of our nation's first nice poet.
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The fountains of my great deep are broken up & I have rained reminiscences for four & twenty hours. The old life has swept before me like a panorama; the old days have trooped by in their old glory, again; the old faces have looked out of the mists of the past; old footsteps have sounded in my listening ears; old hands have clasped mine, old voices have greeted me, & the songs I loved ages & ages ago have come wailing down the centuries! —What Since we tore down Dick Hardy’s stable; since you had the measles & I went to your house purposely to catch them; since Henry Beebe kept that envied slaughter-house, & Joe Craig sold him cats to kill in it; since old General Gaines used to say, “Whoop!
I liked that, but then she could only feel sorry a little while, because she would forget it, but I would be dead for always. I did not like that. If she would be sorry as long as I would be dead, it would be different. But anyway, I felt so dreadful that I said at last that it was better to die than to live. So I wrote a letter like this: “Darling Amy “I take my pen in hand to inform you that I am in good health and hope these fiew lines will find you injoying the same god’s blessing I love you.
I caught some flies, but I got tired of that. I couldn’t see Amy, because they’ve moved her seat. I got mad looking out of the window at those boys. By and bye, my chum, Bill Bowen, he bought a louse from Archy Thompson—he’s got millions of them—bought him for a white alley and put him on the slate in front of him on the desk and begun to stir him up with a pin. He made him travel a while in one direction, and then he headed him off and made him go some other way. It was glorious fun. I wanted one, but I hadn’t any white alley.