Walt Whitman; Seer. a Brief Study: seer

Paperback | July 6, 2012

byHenry Wallace

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars." Remembering, then, his practical turn of mind, let us inquire his views as to the Nature, Conduct, and Destiny of Life. i. As to its Nature. First of all, life has in its very essence something of warfare. Rebuked with regard to his songs by an imaginary person who bids him note that war is the ever-during theme for bards, "Be it so, then, he answer'd, I, too, haughty shade, also sing war, and a larger and a greater one than any, Waged in my book with varying fortune, with flight, advance and retreat, victory deferr'd and wavering, (Yet methinks certain, or as good as certain, at the last,) the field the world, For life and death, for the body and the eternal soul, Lo, I too come, chanting the chant of battles, I above all promote brave soldiers." Struggle is the essence of life. He speaks of "the latent right of insurrection, the quenchless indispensable fire " which lies at the base of all true life. It is endowed with an insatiable hunger for the unrealised, and that hunger is life's life. The right life is that which is "self-balanced for contingencies, to confront night, storms, hunger, ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do," and to remain aplomb to the swing of things. In the cosmic arrangement there is all that is necessary to the soul's advance here: "The earth, that is sufficient, I do not want the constellations any nearer, I know they are very well where they are, I know they suffice for those who belong to them." And so he says:--"Afoot and light-hearted I take to the Open road, Healthy, free, the world before me, The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. Henceforth I ask not good fortune, I myself am...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time Look'd up in perfect silence at the stars." Remembering, then, ...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217307973

ISBN - 13:9780217307970

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