Heres a virtual movie of the great Walt Whitman reading poem "Are You the New Person Drawn Toward Me" " first published in his Leaves of Grass compilation in in 1867 The ."Calamus": Poems named The Leaf and the Root a tall grassy asiatic plant. This poem to my mind addresses the fickle emotion of infactuation, or familiarity breeds contempt as our new driends or lovers discover our truer character than was intialy evident they come to love us or hate us..
The poems addressed friendship and manly love which have been interpreted by some observers of Whitmans work as evidence of his homosexuality. Apparently and I am no expert their is no conclusive evidence of this Whitman didnt discuss these matters publicly not that it should matter after all true love is love regardless of gender,and he was a unique man that left an amazing legacy of enlightening poetry both food for the mind and supremely elegant to the ear without hardly ever rhyming
Leaves of Grass Begun in 1847, Leaves of Grass was printed in several different forms and grew tremendously in volume and content over a span of nearly forty years. The final edition of 1891-92 consists of fifteen different sections, beginning with "Starting from Paumanok," reaching a midpoint with "Memories of President Lincoln," and ending with "Good-Bye My Fancy." The final edition of Leaves of Grass begins with Whitman identifying himself as the quintessential common man and asserting that we are all linked in our humanity; therefore, he contends, his poems (or "chants" as he calls them) will reveal universal truths.
Walt Whitman (1819-1892 was born in Long Island, New York, the son of a Quaker carpenter. Whitman's mother was descended from Dutch farmers. In Whitman's childhood there were slaves employed on the farm. Whitman was early on filled with a love of nature. He read classics in his youth and was inspired by writers such as Goethe, Hegel, Carlyle and Emerson he is best remembered for his long rambling collections of verse "Leaves of grass
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