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the beauty of Walt Whitman’s images



the beauty of Whitman’s images



This post is in the format of a 24-page essay (downloadable  Word document above).

My essay is entitled “The Beauty of Walt Whitman’s Images.”




from the introduction:


I have become well acquainted with Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass through repeated readings — I have committed many lines to memory. From familiarity — and, I suppose one would say, the spiritual comfort Whitman’s poetry gives me — Leaves of Grass has become a sort of Bible for me.

Below is a compilation by me of striking, beautiful, brilliant — so original, and often unique — images that I have culled from Leaves of Grass. I think they prove that Whitman, who is deliberately and studiously non-literary — without affectation and without using common poetic tropes — constantly infuses his poetry with images of startling beauty. That’s the best way I know how to put it.



— posted by Roger W. Smith

    June 2020