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Complete Prose Works by Walt Whitman

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Table of Contents:


Specimen Days
A Happy Hour's Command
Answer to an Insisting Friend

Genealogy--Van Velsor and Whitman
The Old Whitman and Van Velsor
Cemeteries
The Maternal Homestead
Two Old Family Interiors
Paumanok,
and My Life on It As Child and Young Man
My First Reading--Lafayette

Printing Office--Old Brooklyn
Growth--Health--Work
My Passion for
Ferries
Broadway Sigh

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1872)
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Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during
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“Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle and conflict. Science, (twin, in its fields, of Democracy in its)—Science, testing absolutely all thoughts, all works, has already burst well upon the world—a sun, mounting, most illuminating, most glorious—surely never again to set. But against it, deeply entrench'd, holding possession, yet remains, (not only through the churches and schools, but by imaginative literature, and unregenerate poetry,) the fossil theology of the mythic-materialistic, superstitious, untaught and credulous, fable-loving, primitive ages of humanity.” 369 likes
“Omar Khayyam:     I sent my soul through the Invisible,       Some letter of that after-life to spell,     And by-and-by my soul return'd to me,       And answer'd, "I myself am Heaven and Hell.” 0 likes
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