Specimen Days & Collect by Walt Whitman, Leslie Jamison

By Walt Whitman, Leslie Jamison

Whitman’s uniquely revealing impressions of the folk, areas, and occasions of his time—with a super new advent by means of Leslie Jamison, writer of the bestselling The Empathy Exams.

One of the main inventive and person poets the USA has produced, Walt Whitman was once additionally a prolific diarist, note-taker, and essayist whose intimate observations and reflections have profoundly deepened knowing of nineteenth-century American lifestyles. Specimen Days and Collect, first released in 1882, is a call choice of Whitman’s uniquely revealing impressions of the folks, locations, and occasions of his time, largely the period of the Civil struggle and its aftermath.

On web page after web page, an unlimited landscape of yank existence unfolds, and with it infrequent glimpse of Whitman as poet, empathetic observer, and romantic wanderer. From his years as a wartime nurse in Washington, D.C., come touching glimpses of the useless and death in army hospitals, stories of Abraham Lincoln, and brilliant impressions of the nation’s capital in a time of significant crisis.

Whitman’s trip yields memorable reminiscences of Boston, the Hudson Valley, a stroll via important Park, Niagara Falls, town of Denver, and extra. in addition to the famed essay “Democratic Vistas,” there are scenes from the poet’s early life, touching tributes to songbirds, wildflowers, friendship and freedom; impressions of the track of Beethoven, reflections on a final stopover at to Emerson, the deaths of Lincoln and Longfellow and the painful means of aging.

Deeply felt and vividly expressed, Specimen Days and Collect is a richly lucrative adventure, a unprecedented expedition into the brain and heard of 1 of America’s maximum poets—and the the US his poetry so richly honored

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1 CONTENTS Cover About the Authors Title Page Copyright Introduction by Leslie Jamison Specimen Days. Collect. Notes Left Over. Appendix. Pieces in Early Youth. 1834–’42. INTRODUCTION BY LESLIE JAMISON What is Specimen Days? It doesn’t sit easily in any genre. It’s restless in its recounting. Structurally, it’s a collection of prose fragments written across two decades of Walt Whitman’s life: his hospital visits during the Civil War; his recovery from a paralyzing stroke; his jaunts through the broad western states of America; his delight at trees and moths and glow-worms; his disappointment at the posturing of prairie women.

My book experiences on board of the frigate proved an example of a fact which every booklover must have experienced before me, namely, that though public libraries have an imposing air, and doubtless contain invaluable volumes, yet, somehow, the books that prove most agreeable, grateful, and companionable, are those we pick up by chance here and there; those which seem put into our hands by Providence; those which pretend to little, but abound in much. com/mhpbooks @melvillehouse Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Whitman, Walt, 1819–1892.

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