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Whitman A Study   By: (1837-1921)

Whitman A Study by John Burroughs

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INDOOR STUDIES.

BIRDS AND POETS, with Other Papers.

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SIGNS AND SEASONS.

RIVERBY.

WHITMAN: A STUDY.

THE LIGHT OF DAY: Religious Discussions and Criticisms from the Standpoint of a Naturalist.

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HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY BOSTON AND NEW YORK

[Illustration: WALT WHITMAN]

WHITMAN A STUDY

BY JOHN BURROUGHS

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge

Copyright, 1896, BY JOHN BURROUGHS.

All rights reserved.

CONTENTS

PAGE

PRELIMINARY 1

BIOGRAPHICAL AND PERSONAL 23

HIS RULING IDEAS AND AIMS 73

HIS SELF RELIANCE 85

HIS RELATION TO ART AND LITERATURE 101

HIS RELATION TO LIFE AND MORALS 169

HIS RELATION TO CULTURE 205

HIS RELATION TO HIS COUNTRY AND HIS TIMES 229

HIS RELATION TO SCIENCE 249

HIS RELATION TO RELIGION 257

A FINAL WORD 263

" All original art is self regulated, and no original art can be regulated from without; it carries its own counterpoise, and does not receive it from elsewhere. " TAINE.

" If you want to tell good Gothic, see if it has the sort of roughness and largeness and nonchalance, mixed in places with the exquisite tenderness which seems always to be the sign manual of the broad vision and massy power of men who can see past the work they are doing, and betray here and there something like disdain for it. " RUSKIN.

" Formerly, during the period termed classic, when literature was governed by recognized rules, he was considered the best poet who had composed the most perfect work, the most beautiful poem, the most intelligible, the most agreeable to read, the most complete in every respect, the ├ćneid, the Gerusalemme, a fine tragedy. To day something else is wanted. For us the greatest poet is he who in his works most stimulates the reader's imagination and reflection, who excites him the most himself to poetize. The greatest poet is not he who has done the best, it is he who suggests the most; he, not all of whose meaning is at first obvious, and who leaves you much to desire, to explain, to study, much to complete in your turn. " SAINTE BEUVE.

WHITMAN

PRELIMINARY

I

The writing of this preliminary chapter, and the final survey and revision of my Whitman essay, I am making at a rustic house I have built at a wild place a mile or more from my home upon the river... Continue reading book >>




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