By Walt Whitman

Whitman's uniquely revealing impressions of the folk, locations, and occasions of his time.

One of the main artistic and person poets the US has produced, Walt Whitman was once additionally a prolific diarist, note-taker, and essayist whose intimate observations and reflections have profoundly deepened figuring out of nineteenth-century American existence. Specimen Days and gather, first released in 1882, is a decision selection of Whitman's uniquely revealing impressions of the folk, areas, and occasions of his time, largely the period of the Civil struggle and its aftermath.

On web page after web page, an unlimited landscape of yank existence unfolds, and with it infrequent glimpse of Whitman as poet, empathetic observer, and romantic wanderer. From his years as a wartime nurse in Washington, D.C., come touching glimpses of the useless and loss of life in army hospitals, thoughts of Abraham Lincoln, and brilliant impressions of the nation's capital in a time of serious crisis.

Whitman's go back and forth yields memorable memories of Boston, the Hudson Valley, a stroll via significant Park, Niagara Falls, town of Denver, and extra. besides the famed essay "Democratic Vistas," there are scenes from the poet's youth, touching tributes to songbirds, wildflowers, friendship and freedom; impressions of the tune of Beethoven, reflections on a final stopover at to Emerson, the deaths of Lincoln and Longfellow and the painful technique of aging.

Deeply felt and vividly expressed, Specimen Days and gather is a richly lucrative event, an extraordinary expedition into the brain and heard of 1 of America's maximum poets--and the the US his poetry so richly honored.

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Occasionally i am going down on wooden with the regiments i do know top. As to rations, the military right here at this time looks tolerably good provided, and the boys have adequate, reminiscent of it truly is, ordinarily salt red meat and difficult tack. lots of the regiments inn within the flimsy little shelter-tents. a couple of have outfitted themselves huts of logs and dust, with fire-places. again TO WASHINGTON. January, ’63. —Left camp at Falmouth, with a few wounded, a number of days considering the fact that, and got here right here through Aquia creek railroad, and so forth govt steamer up the Potomac. Many wounded have been with us at the automobiles and boat. The vehicles have been simply universal platform ones. The railroad trip of ten or twelve miles used to be made ordinarily sooner than dawn. the warriors guarding the line got here out from their tents or shebangs of trees with rumpled hair and half-awake glance. these on responsibility have been jogging their posts, a few on banks over us, others down some distance under the extent of the music. I observed huge cavalry camps off the line. At Aquia creek touchdown have been numbers of wounded going north. whereas I waited a few 3 hours, I went round between them. a number of sought after observe despatched domestic to oldsters, brothers, other halves, &c. , which I did for them, (by mail the next day to come from Washington. ) at the boat I had my fingers complete. One terrible fellow died going up. i'm now closing in and round Washington, day-by-day traveling the hospitals. Am a lot in Patent-office, 8th highway, H highway, Armory-square, and others. Am now capable of do some strong, having cash, (as almoner of others home,) and getting event. To-day, Sunday afternoon and until 9 within the night, visited Campbell health facility; attended particularly to 1 case in ward 1, very in poor health with pleurisy and typhoid fever, younger guy, farmer’s son, D. F. Russell, corporation E, sixtieth big apple, downhearted and feeble; many years ahead of he might take any curiosity; wrote a letter domestic to his mom, in Malone, Franklin county, N. Y. , at his request; gave him a few fruit and one or different presents; envelop’d and directed his letter, &c. Then went completely via ward 6, observ’d each case within the ward, with no, i believe, lacking one; gave might be from twenty to thirty individuals, each a few little reward, equivalent to oranges, apples, candy crackers, figs, &c. Thursday, Jan. 21. —Devoted the most a part of the day to Armory-square sanatorium; went beautiful completely via wards F, G, H, and that i; a few fifty circumstances in every one ward. In ward F provided the lads all through with writing paper and stamp’d envelope every one; disbursed in small parts, to right matters, a wide jar of nice preserv’d berries, which have been donated to me via a lady—her personal cooking. discovered numerous instances i assumed reliable matters for small sums of cash, which I furnish’d. (The wounded males usually arise broke, and it is helping their spirits to have even the small sum I supply them. ) My paper and envelopes all long past, yet disbursed an exceptional lot of fun analyzing subject; additionally, as i assumed sensible, tobacco, oranges, apples, &c. attention-grabbing situations in ward I; Charles Miller, mattress 19, corporation D, 53d Pennsylvania, is barely 16 years of age, very brilliant, brave boy, left leg amputated lower than the knee; subsequent mattress to him, one other younger lad very in poor health; gave each one acceptable presents.

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