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Happy 4th with Walt Whitman

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In honor of the Fourth of July, here’s a poem by the most American of poets, our national poet, Walt Whitman, writing about what he writes best, the heart and wonder of America.

I Hear America Singing
by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows,
robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Here's a video clip of a reading of this poem.



Happy birthday America!
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  1. cafolini's Avatar
    "Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,"

    Oh, yes? Whitman did not understand the end of modernism and individual belonging. Even Ruben Dario ended up making fun of his ludicrous stand. And that was in a fascist, Central American country. Whitman had the best going and failed miserably.
  2. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cafolini
    "Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,"

    Oh, yes? Whitman did not understand the end of modernism and individual belonging. Even Ruben Dario ended up making fun of his ludicrous stand. And that was in a fascist, Central American country. Whitman had the best going and failed miserably.
    I have do idea what you're talking about Cafolini. All your comments seem to be just outbursts. How could Whitman understand the end of modernism if he preceded modernism? Don't answer. I really don't care. This post was not intended to be a discussion of his poetry. It was to commemorate a holiday.
  3. cafolini's Avatar
    Modernism started in the Renaissance.
  4. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by cafolini
    Modernism started in the Renaissance.
    In a way it did actually. But typically in literature it's usually thought of as post WWI.
  5. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    This is a lovely tribute to the day. I always try to reflect on my service in public education during the fireworks, since I have just completed the school year and I am civil servant. This made me think of all the hard working people that came to watch and hopefully remember the meaning and history of the celebration. Thanks for sharing this.
  6. cafolini's Avatar
    ...Comment deleted by Virgil.
    Updated 07-05-2013 at 11:41 PM by Virgil (Obnoxious)
  7. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    No offensive, Virgil!
    Updated 07-06-2013 at 10:22 AM by Buh4Bee
  8. cafolini's Avatar
    ....Comment deleted by Virgil.

    Will you please grow up Cafolini. You're a somewhat intelligent person, but a complete moron.
    Updated 07-05-2013 at 11:42 PM by Virgil (abusive comment)
  9. qimissung's Avatar
    A lovely tribute, Virgil. Thank you.
  10. Buh4Bee's Avatar
    Yes, thank you. It is lovely.
  11. LadyLuck's Avatar
    I hope you all had a lovely 4th! Did you take Matthew to see any fireworks?
  12. prendrelemick's Avatar
    Where is that America? Did it ever exist?
  13. Virgil's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by prendrelemick
    Where is that America? Did it ever exist?
    Yes I know. It's quite different now. It did once. You inspired me to write a parody poem which I called "I Sing of a New America." I thought it would only be four or five lines, which I would post in this reply, but I got carried away and went on for a page and a half. It's too long for this comment box so I'll post it in a new blog. Look for it as my next blog.