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Leaves of Grass

 Author: Walt Whitman  Category: Poetry  Published: July 4, 1855  Language: English  File Size: 3 MB  Tags: AmericanClassicLiteraturePhilosophypoetry |  Download PDF


Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman (1819–1892), The collection of loosely connected poems represents the celebration of his philosophy of life and humanity and praises nature and the individual human’s role in it. Rather than focusing on religious or spiritual matters, Leaves of Grass focuses primarily on the body and the material world.

Famous Quotes:

“I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

“Long enough have you dream’d contemptible dreams, Now I wash the gum from your eyes, You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life”

“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, and the stars.”

“Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.”

“I am satisfied … I see, dance, laugh, sing.”

“Give me the splendid, silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling.”

“I will sleep no more but arise, You oceans that have been calm within me! how I feel you, fathomless, stirring, preparing unprecedented waves and storms.”

“And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles”

“Do anything, but let it produce joy.”

“If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.”

“Resist much, obey little.”

“Peace is always beautiful.”

“I accept Time absolutely. It alone is without flaw, It alone rounds and completes all, That mystic baffling wonder.”

“Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?”

“I am large, I contain multitudes”

“I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”