Category Archives: Walt Whitman

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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“On the Beach at Night Alone” (Vaughan Williams, Whitman)

        “On the Beach at Night Alone” is the second movement from Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “A Sea Symphony” (written between 1903 and 1909; first performed in 1910). The text of “A Sea Symphony” comes from Walt Whitman’s … Continue reading

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a disappointing review of two lost Whitman works

    re: “Two New Old Books That Show Walt Whitman’s Different Selves” New York Times Book Review August 30, 2017 https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/30/books/review/walt-whitman-life-and-adventures-of-jack-engle-manly-health.html     hi, Zack —   This review by Ted Genoways  is okay, but nothing more. Why did … Continue reading

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epiphany

    Scott and Janet —   It’s almost 7:30 p.m. The library is about to close, and I’m heading uptown on Lexington Avenue to 47th Street. It was another beautiful day. I love summer evenings. I’ve been having a … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman, “Jaunt up the Hudson”

    “Jaunt up the Hudson” June 20th.—ON the “Mary Powell,” enjoy’d everything beyond precedent. The delicious tender summer day, just warm enough—the constantly changing but ever beautiful panorama on both sides of the river—(went up near a hundred miles)—the … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on Manhattan (plus my own impressions and thoughts)

    MANNAHATTA.   I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city, Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name. Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient, I see that … Continue reading

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