Posts Tagged: Walt Whitman
Swift sweeping clusters of revelation! Plunging into pockets of the earth’s belly, and
Shooting up into the blue and white woven infinity of the sky!
Walt Whitman, author of Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself, is famous for his exuberant and sensuous poetry about life itself, but what about life on a rollercoaster?...more
From Lincoln’s famous love of quoting Shakespeare to George Bush’s prodigious reading habits, American politics have always mingled with the literary pantheon. Now that Sarah Palin is back in the news for her endorsement of Donald Trump, Jeet Heer traces her literary roots to Walt Whitman:
This is democratic verse, that tries to encompass the world in a bear hug.
On Monday, Bill Murray led a parade of poets across the Brooklyn Bridge in honor of Walt Whitman’s 1856 poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” at the 20th annual Poets House Brooklyn Bridge Poetry Walk. At the end of the walk, the poets recite the nine-stanza poem:
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious you are to me!
Poet Charles Simic may prefer the “pleasant aftertaste” of a literary amuse-bouche before bed, but when prompted about one of his favorite literary passages, he chose Walt Whitman’s “A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dim.” Over at the Atlantic, Simic explains why the poem moves him through the context of his experiences growing up in Belgrade during WWII:
I’m not a person who gets teary-eyed reading poetry—other people’s poetry, or my own.
Ever wonder how books were made before modern printers and computers? At PBS, you can see photos from Arion Press in San Francisco, which makes handmade books using letterpress printing equipment that’s centuries old. In honor of their 40th anniversary, Arion is printing Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass with these traditional methods....more
Book blurbs—and the controversies surrounding them—go back as far as Thomas More, who gathered a bouquet of them for Utopia.
Ben Jonson blurbed Shakespeare. Ralph Waldo Emerson blurbed Walt Whitman. But do they really mean anything anymore?
Click through to find out—and read historical blurbs and blurb satires like this one:
A funny thing happened on the way to President Obama’s second inauguration Monday. The president’s speech and Richard Blanco’s poem got reversed.
Broadly speaking, one’s expectations of political rhetoric is that, at its worst, it reduces complex argument to slogans and platitudes or, at its best, that it singles out constituencies and individual citizens in order to focus on the day-to-day concerns that society can address....more
Who isn’t a devotee of advice from writers about writing? One of my favorite books in this guilty-pleasure genre to come out lately is Dennis O’Driscoll’s collection of witticisms and one-liners, Quote Poet Unquote: Contemporary Quotations on Poets and Poetry....more