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The Selected Poems of Walt Whitman (Classics Club)
The Selected Poems of Walt Whitman - Classics Club Author:Walt Whitman Strangely neglected in their own time, these stirring poems have since been called "The greatest masterpiece of American literature." — "I Hear America Singing!" roars one of Whitman's proudest lines. — It was a song that started with a distant rumbling and grew to a mighty crescendo -- grand, glorious hymn of praise! It was a lullaby crooned by t... more »he mother at cradle-side... the wild cry flung from the lips of the soldier as he hurled himself into battle... the creaking of wheels beneath swaying prairie schooners... the ringing of hammers that bridged a continent with steel... the clanging of trowels that built a metropolis of stone where the echoing axes cleared a wilderness. It was the lusty song of the open road, and the ballad of the quiet valley.
Across the vastness of the land Whitman heard this song and set it down in unforgettable, imperishable lines. The song of the farm boy and the milkmaid, the song of the minor, the man behind the machine, the sailor, the hobo. The song of America at work, and at play, and at war -- these Whitman took, all of them, was the province of his piety. He did not merely write of America -- he was America!« less