From WALT WHITMAN Selected Poems 1855 – 1892
All over bouquets of roses,
O death! I cover you over with roses and early lilies;
But mostly and now the lilac that blooms the first,
Copious, I break, I break the sprigs from the bushes;
With loaded arms I come, pouring for you,
For you and the coffins all of you, O death.)
A CLEAR MIDNIGHT
This is thy hour O Soul, thy free flight into the wordless,
Away from books, away from art, the day erased, the lesson done,
Thee fully forth emerging, silent, gazing, pondering the themes
thou lovest best,
Night, sleep, death and the stars.
Sea-winds, blown from east and west,
Blown from the eastern sea, and blown from the western sea,
till there on the prairies meeting;
These, and with these, and the breath of my chant,
I perfume the grave of him I love.
Is it possible that Walt Whitman to this day is still a controversial figure. In his day he was more than frowned on, they regarded so much of what he wrote as “filth”, why because he was Honest and Truthful and there are people particularly critics who do not like either of those two – Honest and Truthful.
Yet long after Walt Whitman there were Poets/writers who were criticised for their Honesty and Truthfulness, even in their deaths they are criticised. Why?
Walt Whitman has been so influential in so many Poets/writers work, and if you read Whitman how often do we turn to him. I hope you enjoyed the above and likewise I hope you will receive pleasure in listening to the following.