Category Archives: Walt Whitman

The Water Music; thoughts about death

    Last night, on December 2, 2017, I attended a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert began with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major. It is good when … Continue reading

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“I hear and behold God in every object”

    I hear and behold God in every object, yet I understand God not in the least, Nor do I understand who can ever be more wonderful than myself.   — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass     ***************************************************** … Continue reading

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on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death

      on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death by Roger W. Smith       On Monday, November 6, 2017, I attended a performance of A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures (“Ein deutsches Requiem, nach … Continue reading

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writers: walkers

      In a previous post of mine “on walking (and exercise)” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/26/on-walking-and-exercise/ I wrote that “walking, as is well known, is conducive to thinking and creativity, which is why so many writers and intellectuals have always been walkers.”   … Continue reading

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“How are you friend?”

“Every soul has its own individual language, often unspoken, or lamely feebly haltingly spoken; but a true fit for that man, and perfectly adapted to his use.—The truths I tell to you or any other may not be plain to … Continue reading

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a Carnegie Hall concert

    I attended a concert yesterday evening at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. It began with Beethoven’s symphony No. 1. I felt like I was lifted off the floor. An experience not unlike what Walt Whitman describes in Leaves of … Continue reading

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musical settings of Walt Whitman’s “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”

      Hindemeth       Sessions       *****************************************************     Critic Harold Bloom has observed that “Only a few poets in the language have surpassed [Walt Whitman’s poem] ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d’.” I … Continue reading

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