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By Billy Collins, Walt Whitman

Ralph Waldo Emerson issued a decision for a very good poet to trap and immortalize the original American adventure. In 1855, a solution got here with Leaves of Grass.

Today, this masterful assortment continues to be not just a seminal occasion in American literature but in addition the incomparable success of 1 of America’s maximum poets—an exuberant, passionate guy who enjoyed his kingdom and wrote of it as no different has ever performed. Walt Whitman was once a singer, philosopher, visionary, and citizen extraordinaire. Thoreau known as Whitman “probably the best democrat that ever lived,” and Emerson judged Leaves of Grass as “the such a lot amazing piece of wit and knowledge the US has but contributed.”

The textual content offered here's that of the “Deathbed” or 9th version of Leaves of Grass, released in 1892. The content material and grouping of poems is the model approved through Whitman himself for the ultimate and entire variation of his masterpiece.

With a foreword by way of Billy Collins, an afterword by way of Peter Davison, and a brand new creation through Elisabeth Panttaja breaking point

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3I 10 The Countess Cathleen in Paradise All the heavy days are over; Leave the body's coloured pride Underneath the grass and clover, With the feet laid side by side. Bathed in flaming founts of duty She'll not ask a haughty dress; Carry all that mournful beauty To the scented oaken press. THE ROSE Did the kiss of Mother Mary Put that music in her face? Yet she goes with footstep wary, Full of earth's old timid grace. 43 10 'Mong the feet of angels seven What a dancer, glimmering! All the heavens bow down to Heaven, Flame to flame and wing to wing.

I see my life go drifting like a river From change to change; I have been many things A green drop in the surge, a gleam of light Upon a sword, a fir-tree on a hill, An old slave grinding at a heavy quern, A king sitting upon a chair of gold And all these things were wonderful and great; But now I have grown nothing, knowing all. Ah! Druid, Druid, how great webs of sorrow Lay hidden in the small slate-coloured thing! ' Then Emer cast the web upon the floor, And raising arms all raddled with the dye, Parted her lips with a loud sudden cry.

And ah, you proud maiden, you are not so fair when his oar Is heard on the water, as they were, the proud and apart, Who paced in the eve by the nets on the pebbly shore, When I was a boy with never a crack in my heart. I4 10 The Ballad of Father O'Hart Good Father John O'Hart In penal days rode out To a shoneen who had free lands And his own snipe and trout. In trust took he John's lands; Sleiveens were all his race; And he gave them as dowers to his daughters, And they married beyond their place.

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