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O Captain! My Captain!

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LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of "O Captain! My Captain!" This was the Weekly Poetry for the week of August 17, 2014."O Captain! My Captain!" is an elegy for Abraham Lincoln written by Walt Whitman, who worked as a clerk and army hospital nurse during the Civil War. The Captain of the poem is Lincoln, and the ship represents the United States, brought safely through the storm of war. In the poem, Whitman juxtaposes the people's joy at the end of the war with his grief at the assassination of the President.

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LEAVES OF GRASS

By Walt Whitman

Come, said my soul, Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,) That should I after return, Or, long, long hence, in other spheres, There to some group of mates the chants resuming, (Tallying Earth's soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,) Ever with pleas'd smile I may keep on, Ever and ever yet the verses owning as, first, I here and now Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name,

Walt Whitman

BOOK I. INSCRIPTIONS

One's Self I Sing

One's self I sing, a simple separate person, Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En Masse.

Of physiology from top to toe I sing, Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say the Form complete is worthier far, The Female equally with the Male I sing.

Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power, Cheerful, for freest action form'd under the laws divine, The Modern Man I sing.

As I Ponder'd in Silence

As I ponder'd in silence, Returning upon my poems, considering, lingering long, A Phantom arose before me with distrustful aspect, Terrible in beauty, age, and power, The genius of poets of old lands, As to me directing like flame its eyes, With finger pointing to many immortal songs, And menacing voice, What singest thou? it said, Know'st thou not there is but one theme for ever enduring bards? And that is the theme of War, the fortune of battles, The making of perfect soldiers... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 17, 2015
Subject: Leaves of grass
agreed. fantastic reading and speed
Reviewer: - February 28, 2014
Subject: Leaves of Grass
Perfect. Perfect voice, tone, reading speed.


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