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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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Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer

      Vocabulary: Building and Using One’s Own; The Delight of Same; Its Value to a Writer By Roger W. Smith     The following are some exchanges about VOCABULARY (no less) that I have had recently, via email, … 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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Emerson and Whitman

    In his [Ralph Waldo Emerson’s] view the material creation is but an emblem of spiritual life. … To trace the operations of a subtle divine Presence in the mysteries of being—to ascend from the visible phenomena to universal … Continue reading

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Harold Bloom on Walt Whitman

    [Whitman] is the poet of our climate, never to be replaced, unlikely ever to be matched. Only a few poets in the language have surpassed “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d”: Shakespeare, Milton, perhaps one or two … Continue reading

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let them frolic!

        “Sunday: we make it the dullest day in the week when it might be made the cheeriest. Will the people ever come to base ball, plays, concerts, yacht races, on Sundays? That would seem like clear … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman on autobiography

    “What a gain it would be, if we could forgo some of the heavy tomes, the fruit of an age of toil and scientific study, for the simple easy truthful narrative of the existence and experience of a … Continue reading

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