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accepted as the index to Whitman's American poetry : “O) you youths, Western youths, So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride
trampling with the foremost,
labor and the march, Pioneers! O Pioneers !"
When Whitman saw the mountain and canyon wonders of Colorado, he exclaimed, “Here I find the law of my own poems !" The big things in nature filled him with that ecstasy he flings into his lines, that rapport which becomes one of his unpleasant mannerisms, an all but frenzied succession of exclamations. “ Just as picturesque England lies back of Tennyson," says Mr. Burroughs, “ craggy Scotland back of Carlyle, so America as a whole, our huge movements, our sprawling, sublime, unkempt nature lies back of Walt Whitman.”
But even beyond this grandeur of natural background, and better than this, is the sanctity of the human body.
“For Whitman,” says Mr. Symonds, “the body has a mystic value, not merely because of its exceeding beauty and delightfulness, but also because it is verily the temple of the divinest of all things we know, the human soul.”
Into the woof of this vitality are knit many of the attributes of his optimism and sympathy, and wefted with his virility is the peculiar fabric of his egotism. But in any complete consideration of Whitman's temperamental traits there are others not so sanguine. Here and there are signs of a morbid pessimism, a slight hint of the cynic, melodious expression of grief, a Tennysonian quality in passages of “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” with its touch of threnody and a dirge-like movement.
And it is this man, sometimes brooding, this man who realizes things as fundamentally joyous and sweet, the sanguine man, who can be also the choleric old fellow, irascible under circumstances. Doubtless here, too, is the source of his stubbornness. Mr. Trowbridge calls the characteristic “just plain cussedness." He held tenaciously to his own opinions, no matter how convincing were the arguments pitted against him-as numerous of his friends and contemporaries had occasion to know.
Irresponsibility is also in evidence in many phases. The 1855 edition of “ Leaves of Grass” is full of errors in type, spelling, punctuation, and crammed with loose terms. Any one reading the multitudinous stray manuscripts, letters, and diary jottings knows how altogether unorganized and unformed they are. In both his poetry and prose there is little that can be called construction; grammatical errors, hanging phrases, long passages in most flagrant incoherence, distressingly incomplete sentences, occur with supreme, nonchalance. There are all the earmarks of carelessness, and Walt himself refers some of his favorite terms—“ random,” “mélange,” “hiatus," "haphazard,” “hurrygrams.”
From the irresponsible there is but one step to the unconventional. Always and everywhere is Whitman swinging free from
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Walt Whitman (Continued) ican democracy. It seems a more satisfactory explanation of all the varying phases of this, however, to deduce the theory that egotism in Whitman rises in a series, or is of three kinds : (1) the autobiographical I, the Walt Whitman of his own personal environment; (2) the ego that sees with himself innumerable counterpart identities, “I celebrate myself and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume. For every atom belonging to me as good belongs
to you ;" and (3) in all personality the egotism which is a part of God, the transcendental ego, where each identity becomes intrinsically
This head more than churches, Bibles and all
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shall be the spread of my own body, or any
part of it. ... I hear and behold God in every object. .... In the faces of men and women I see God, and
in my own face in the glass ; I find letters of God dropt in the street-and
every one is signed by God's name."
much a part of Whitman's philosophy and
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Walt Whitman (Continued) convention, tradition, form. This, as well as his avid eye for the pictorial, may explain the queer garb he affected—the loose gray suit, the broad collar, low opened shirt, the favorite knit coat, the soft slouch hat.
It takes only a superficial acquaintance with Whitman to realize that his gospel is naturalness. Every person has within himself the intrinsic standard for manners, beliefs, government. Look into the tablets of your own personality and live—that is the burden of his writings. Everything for the individual, is his slogan. Whitman is never an Anarchist (that in face of some of his “ pose” lines, particularly those in “To a Foiled European Revolutionaire”), nor is he ever a rabid revolutionist; he is, however, a great deal of an iconoclast.
Perhaps one of Whitman's greatest voids is a lack of humor. Ruskin laments this, and the consequent incongruity of his writings. It is said that this absence was not conspicuous in personal contact. Mr. Trowbridge in his reminiscences refers to a gathering held in honor of Whitman where the most genuine sociability had been in progress. One of the guests called attention to the lateness of the hour, when another member placed a book before the face of the clock. Mr. Trowbridge suggested, “ Put. Leaves of Grass' there. No one can see through that.” There was a general burst of appreciative laughter, which Whitman shared with consummate zest. If he had possessed the quality of another's view-point or the spice of humor as a criterion in consideration of his writings, he might have spared himself some of the ridicule he received and spared us some of the impatience we experience in the jars and bumps of his theories and discomfort in his style.
Whitman's vision carries us through every conceivable experience, the which we might laud in the name of a superb imagination were we carried along by the hypnosis of the mystic. But, the mesmerism failing, there remains much of the ugly, the monotonous, and the absurd in these categories. The uninitiate, in meeting these interminable lists, accuses Whitman of being a good deal of a wastrel, often knowing no economy. His method we attribute to sloth, for instead of concentrating, focusing on one telling, suggestive term, he fills pages with these endless inventories. Whether Whitman did share with the Orientals this vague mystic strain, or whether, in his omnivorous appreciation of everything, in his indiscriminating belief that all.
onces and all materials were equally good for him to celebrate, he simply failed in his judgment and psychology, will be a matter for long and productive debate.
And this leads immediately into another consideration of Whitman's personality in regard to his ruling ideas, the motives of his poetry, the theses of his prose. These traits of temperament are the qualities that lie back of all of his unusual writings. It is only an arbitrary division that separates his optimism, his sympathy, his egotism and virility, his unconventionality, sensuousness, and mysticism, from the themes he takes for “ Leaves of Grass :" : "My comrade, For you to share with me two greatnesses-a
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