The Works of Walt Whitman, Vol 1: The Collected Poetry

Registered by robert-n-kate of Baltimore, Maryland USA on 10/8/2002
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Journal Entry 1 by robert-n-kate from Baltimore, Maryland USA on Tuesday, October 8, 2002
"... beyond the energy of his possessed and conscious intellect he is capable of a new energy (as of an intellect doubled on itself), by abandonment to the nature of things; that beside his privacy of power as an individual man, there is a great public power on which he can draw, by unlocking, at all risks, his human doors, and suffering the ethereal tide to roll and circulate through him; then he is caught up into the life of the Universe..."
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (quoted in the Introduction, pg 6)]

"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines,
Going where I list, my own master total and absolute,
Listening to others, considering well what they say,
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating,
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me.

I inhale great draughts of space,
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine."
[Walt Whitman, 'Song of the Open Road' (Leaves of Grass (5), pg 159)]

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