By Walt Whitman
This variation provides the original twelve poems from Whitman's most suitable 1855 book of Leaves of Grass. integrated are a few of the maximum poems of recent instances: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the physique Electric," and "There used to be a baby Went Forth," works that proceed to upset traditional notions of attractiveness and originality even today.
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This is often the grass that grows anyplace the land is and the water is, this can be the typical air that bathes the globe. this can be the breath of legislation and songs and behavior, this can be the bland water of souls.... this can be the genuine sustenance, it's for the illiterate.... it's for the judges of the preferrred courtroom . . . . it really is for the federal capitol and the kingdom capitols, it really is for the admirable communes of literary males and composers and singers and academics and engineers and savans, it truly is for the unending races of operating humans and farmers and seamen. this can be the trill of one thousand transparent cornets and scream of the octave flute and strike of triangles. I play now not a march for victors only.... I play nice marches for conquered and slain individuals. have you ever heard that it was once strong to achieve the day? I additionally say it's sturdy to fall.... battles are misplaced within the related spirit within which they're gained. I sound triumphal drums for the dead.... I fling via my embouchuresf the loudest and gayest tune to them, Vivas to those that have failed, and to these whose war-vessels sank within the sea, and people themselves who sank within the sea, And to all generals that misplaced engagements, and all triumph over heroes, and the numberless unknown heroes equivalent to the maximum heroes identified. this can be the meal pleasantly set.... this can be the beef and drink for normal starvation, it really is for the depraved simply kind of like the righteous.... I make appointments with all, i can't have a unmarried individual slighted or left away, The keptwoman and sponger and thief are hereby invited . . . . the heavy-lipped slave is invited.... the venerealee is invited, There will likely be no distinction among them and the remainder. this can be the clicking of a bashful hand.... this is often the waft and scent of hair, this can be the contact of my lips to yours.... this is often the murmur of craving, this can be the far away intensity and peak reflecting my very own face, this is often the considerate merge of myself and the hole back. Do you bet i've got a few tricky objective? good I have.... for the April rain has, and the mica at the aspect of a rock has. Do you're taking it i might astonish? Does the sunlight astonish? or the early redstart twittering via the woods? Do I astonish greater than they? This hour I inform issues in self belief, i'd now not inform every body yet i'll let you know. Who is going there! hankering, gross, mystical, nude? How is it I extract energy from the meat I consume? what's a guy in any case? What am I? and what are you? All I mark as my very own you shall offset it along with your personal, Else it have been time misplaced hearing me. i don't snivel that snivel internationally, That months are vacuums and the floor yet wallow and dirt, That existence is a suck and a promote, and not anything is still on the finish yet threadbare crape and tears. Whimpering and truckling fold with powders for invalids.... conformity is going to the fourth-removed, I cock my hat as I please interior or out. 15 Shall I pray? Shall I venerate and be ceremonious? i've got pried during the strata and analyzed to a hair, And counselled with medical professionals and calculated shut and located no sweeter fats than sticks to my very own bones.