Category Archives: Walt Whitman

the ferry

                photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings—on the walk in the street, and the passage over the … Continue reading

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on the glories of English

      It is organic. It is unstructured and unregulated. It has developed naturally. It seems to a native speaker such as myself unequaled in its richness, by which I mean to say the variety of source languages — … Continue reading

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“I see Christ once more”

    “I see Christ once more eating the bread of his last supper, in the midst of youths and old persons, ”   — Walt Whitman, “Salut au Monde!,” Leaves of Grass (1856 edition)   How — by what … 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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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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