Leaves of Grass at 150Happy Birthday!
Posted 03 December 2005 - 08:17 PM
WNYC Radio (click -->here) recently aired an hour-long tribute including portraits of Whitman and readings of excerpts from Leaves. At the foot of the page you'll find several links, including one to a virtual tour of the Library of Congress' just-closed exhibiiton. The web tour features manuscripts and photos. There is also an audio link with about 37 seconds of an Edison wax cylinder with what is purported to be Whitman's voice. I'm fascinated that a man born on Long Island early in the 19th century sounds very much like today's New Englanders.
Posted 05 December 2005 - 01:03 PM
carbro, on Dec 4 2005, 12:17 AM, said:
Rereading "Song of Myself" recently, I was struck by how very generous, ecumenical, and "modern" in tone and values Whitman was -- and remains for us today.
"I believe that a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars."
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
And the ability to laugh at himself:
"The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me, he complains of my gab and my loitering."
Posted 10 December 2005 - 07:14 AM
The book is in interesting in many ways, not least because it depicts just how grisly the Civil War really was. (Walt Whitman spent the better part of the war tending to wounded soldiers in DC.)
I'm only about halfway through the book at this point but I'm looking forward to the chapter where Epstein discusses how Whitman came to write perhaps his best poem -- "When Lilacs Last In the Dooryard Bloom'd" -- in response to Lincoln's death.
(And, yes, I do have other interests besides Dancing With the Stars!)
Posted 13 December 2005 - 04:04 PM
And "The Best of Everything." Thank you for the report, miliosr, it sounds like a very interesting book. It's nice to know that Whitman spent his war looking after the wounded instead of creating more wounded.
Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:08 AM
0 user(s) are reading this topic
members, guests, anonymous users
Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases: