Tag Archives: Walt Whitman

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 — such … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

      Pressed with conflicting thoughts of love and fear I parted from thee, Friend! and took my way Through the great City, pacing with an eye Downcast, ear sleeping, and feet masterless That were sufficient guide unto themselves, … Continue reading

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thoughts about Charles Ives (and Copland, Barber, and Gershwin) … plus thoughts about making lists of favorites (and making such judgments in general)

    On Sunday, February 25, I attended a performance of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The program notes for the concert read as follows: Charles Ives is widely recognized as the … Continue reading

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

    For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

      “I may indeed contradict myself now and then; but truth … I do not contradict.” — Michel de Montaigne   *****************************************************   “I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an account … 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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“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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