Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two of the most famous poets from the time period who daringly revolutionized both the subject and style of American poetry. While both are famous trailblazers the two are vastly different. The poets come from opposite backgrounds, and while they do write from some shared inspiration sources, they do so in distinctive ways. Together, they have helped to shape American poetry, and their influences can still be seen today.
Culture should be bound to life, but academia separates it from life and turns it into a trade. Culture should be free of charge, but academia makes it a commodity to be bought and sold.
Now, I cannot see that lectures can do so much good as reading the books from which the lectures are taken. For the scholar, culture is a job and a means of making a living.
For the true intellectual, culture is a passion, a love affair, a mission.
The true intellectual often makes a living from non-intellectual work; Kafka, for example, made a living as a bureaucrat, Thoreau as a surveyor, and Hoffer as a dockworker. To the scholar, culture is his career; to the true intellectual, culture is his life. The scholar has a respected position in society, the true intellectual is an outcast from society, a stranger in the world.
Not even one classic in a hundred was written by an academic. Classics contain personality and pathos and suffering and anger and humor, all of which scholarly books lack. Classics are written with passion, and arouse passion in those who read them.
Classics have life and vitality; cut them and blood will come out. Scholarly books are lifeless; cut them and dust will come out. The best way to learn how to write good prose is to read good prose.
Students should read the classics — for their style as well as their content. Students today are often asked to write papers that deal with a narrow subject. Professors, like students, should concentrate on reading and on studying the classics, not on writing. Thus, most modern books are mere journalism, not real literature.
People in earlier cultures wrote books as if they were going to last forever, as if they were going to be carved in stone. Nowadays, people write books as if they were going to last one year, then be recycled.
People in earlier cultures took more pains with their letters than we take with our books; their letters were closer to being literature than our books are.
Literature is gradually sinking to the level of journalism, just as education is gradually sinking to the level of vocational training. What is a Classic? This question must be answered anew by each generation; each generation must redefine the classics. The body of classics must be continually rejuvenated by the addition of new books.
As new books are added to the body of classics, other books must be subtracted, lest the number of classics becomes excessively large. The body of classics should be kept small enough to allow the average person to read them.By Evan Mantyk.
From least greatest (10) to greatest greatest (1), the poems in this list are limited to ones originally written in the English language and which are under 50 lines, excluding poems like Homer’s Iliad and Edgar Allan Poe’s “Raven.” Each poem is followed by some brief analysis.
Walt Whitman's 'Song of Myself' is, on the most basic descriptive level, a really long poem. Whitman is clearly a poet with a lot to say, or at least with a lot of different ways to say it.
He meanders from the micro to the macro, from atoms to the whole earth. Social Justice Posters Enlighten the atmosphere in any room and further the cause of social justice.
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Raising these questions takes us outside the notionally timeless world of song into the world of history from which art song has commonly sought to offer an escape, though always a false one.
The poem takes satisfaction in the inevitability of the coming war, which is why the tone is so even-tempered and the poem concludes so calmly by dwelling on the brightness of the stars in the enforced blackout along the California coast. - Describe the feelings of a soldier in a poem - Describe the aftermath of a battle in a poem Among the leading voices of the Civil War, Walt Whitman stands as one of the most significant representatives of the nation divided.
Whitman came to represent the "Everyman" in America.
In his life Whitman would wear many hats, the farmer, the.