Words from Walt

Have you ever read Walt Whitman? If not or if maybe it’s just been a while, I am going to bring him back today. I am going to post a little section below, from his poem Leaves of Grass. This piece, in particular this part, carries a beautiful spirit and easy philosophy to live by.

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

When I wake up and remember Walt Whitman and I read something again or for the first time. It always makes my sun shine a little brighter. Something about reading words that carry so much meaning that I follow agreeably, makes me really look forward to the rest of my day. So I hope you do too! Walt Whitman painted poetry in a way that pushes you to have a broader understanding of the bigger picture around us. Thank you Sophomore year American Literature




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