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Walt Whitman
American poet
(1819-92)



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I sing the body electric
-- Title of a poem (1853)

I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
-- 'Song of Myself' (written 1855), part 3

I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars,
And the pismire is equally perfect, and a grain of sand, and the egg of the wren,
And the tree toadis a chef-d'oeuvre for the highest,
And the running blackberry would adorn the colours of heaven.
-- 'Song of Myself' (written 1855), part 31

I dreamed a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the whole of the rest of the earth,
I dreamed that was the new city of Friends.
-- 'I dreamed a dream' (1867)

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before me,
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose.
-- 'Song of the Open Road' (1871), part 1, line 1

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exalting. (...)
-- 'O Captain! My Captain!' (1871)

When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed,
And the great star early dropped in the western sky in the night,
I mourned, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
-- 'When lilacs last in the dooryard bloomed' (1881). st. 1


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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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