Walt Whitman — patriotic poet, gay iconoclast, shrewd marketing ploy, or all three?


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To my other favorite W. W.

Patriotic poet, gay iconoclast, and shrewd marketing ploy.

Fondly,

G. B.


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I just want to say that’s a nicely turned paragraph, there. Perhaps Whitman would approve!


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All three!


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Walt Whitman — patriotic poet, gay iconoclast, shrewd marketing ploy, or all three?

I’m thinking I need to revisit Dead Poet’s Society; I may have missed some things the first time around.


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I agree. That’s a good bit of style right there.


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Can I just put this here, if that’s okay? It’s in my top ten favorite poems.

WE two boys together clinging,
One the other never leaving,
Up and down the roads going—North and South excursions making,
Power enjoying—elbows stretching—fingers clutching,
Arm’d and fearless—eating, drinking, sleeping, loving,
No law less than ourselves owning—sailing, soldiering, thieving, threatening,
Misers, menials, priests alarming—air breathing, water drinking, on the turf or the sea-beach dancing,
Cities wrenching, ease scorning, statutes mocking, feebleness chasing,
Fulfilling our foray.


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I wish Walt Whitman coffee were still sold so I could call up stores and ask, “Have you got Walt Whitman in a can?”


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Wait…Whitman was gay?


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Underestimate no one.


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