TITLE

Poetry To-Day in America

AUTHOR(S)
Whitman, Walt
PUB. DATE
January 1910
SOURCE
Complete Prose Works Specimen Days & Collect, November Boughs & ;1/1/1910, p205
SOURCE TYPE
Classic Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Strange as it may seem, the topmost proof of a race is its own born poetry. The presence of that, or the absence, each tells its story. As the flowering rose or lily, as the ripened fruit to a tree, the apple or the peach, no matter how fine the trunk, or copious or rich the branches and foliage, here waits sine qua non at last. The stamp of entire and finished greatness to any nation, to the American Republic among the rest, must be sternly withheld till it has put what it stands for in the blossom of original, first-class poems. No imitations will do.
ACCESSION #
22621333

 

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