Here's a virtual movie the great Walt Whitman reading his life changing poem "Animals". It was through this poem which I first heard so brilliantly recited by Christopher Lee in that most unforgettable of movies "The Wicker man" that made me a lifelong devotee of the incomparable wisdom and poetry of Walt Whitman. This lovely poem expresses a realization that animals are better than us humans because they are not haunted the yearnings and lust for material things and need to find a reason for existence.They just live out their lives and do not reason why. Animals are content whilst humanity with all its supposed superior intellect is forever doomed to be discontent it is the price for our over complicated mind.
The poem comes from "Song of Myself" a poem by Walt Whitman that is included in his work Leaves of Grass. It has been credited as "representing the core of Whitman's poetic vision.The poem was first published without sections as the first of twelve untitled poems in the first (1855) edition of Leaves of Grass. The first edition was published by Whitman at his own expense.
In the second (1856) edition, Whitman used the title "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American," which was shortened to "Walt Whitman" for the third (1860) edition.
The poem was divided into fifty-two numbered sections for the fourth (1867) edition and finally took on the title "Song of Myself" in the last edition (1881--2).
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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I think I could turn and live with animals, they're so placid and self contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth.