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an early take by Walt Whitman on his conception of himself as America’s poet

    Walt Whitman began his writing career as a journalist. He was known early on for writing anonymous reviews of Leaves of Grass — in other words, reviewing himself, in laudatory terms. A motivation for his doing this was that … Continue reading

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“The Poet”

    In the “Divinity School Address” [given at Harvard Divinity School in 1838, Ralph Waldo] Emerson at times made it sound as though his understanding of Christ had transformed that figure into a type of the artist, a man … Continue reading

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house-building

The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere, The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mortising, The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their places, laying them regular, Setting the studs by their tenons in the mortises according as they were prepared, … Continue reading

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“What is the grass?”

          A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it is any more than he.   I … Continue reading

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immigration policy, Walt Whitman, and Donald Trump’s wall; or, the Berlin Wall redux

      “Immigrants are some of the most courageous and industrious people humanity has to offer.” — Chardo Richardson, House of Representatives candidate in Florida   “[W]hen New York was being abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s, a flood … Continue reading

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on caring for sick people (and why the health care system often fails them) … plus, what I have learned about same from experience and reading; and from Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, and the heroic nurses of the Civil War, by Roger W. Smith

      “I start off with a prejudice against doctors anyway.” — Walt Whitman; quoted in Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (July 12, 1888)     “I love doctors and hate their medicine.” — Walt Whitman; quoted … Continue reading

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my writing; a response to my critics

    ‘my writing; a response to my critics’     In this post, I have tried to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In … Continue reading

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