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Jul. 19

Uncle Walt

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A Poet's America

 

            Walt Whitman was a much beloved 19th-century American poet.  Back in the day, poets were much more appreciated than they are in our fast-paced, technology-driven times.  It was often said of him in his later years that his flowing white beard attracted butterflies.  I can only imagine this must have been true.  Can’t you just picture him walking down the busy streets of the city, multi-colored, diaphanous wings flitting about his august head?

            Whitman revolutionized poetry, giving it a uniquely American voice.  He turned away from the strict, formal structure of the Europeans.  We Americans make our own way in the world, following no one else’s rules.  Whitman witnessed everything in life through the eyes and ears and heart of a poet.  We should all be so wise.

            I find myself turning often to Uncle Walt.  He was ...

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Listening to the whispering pines

Hello. My name is Donna Cozart Pauley. Welcome to The Whispering Pines, a literary blog dedicated to my love of the written word. It is an eclectic collage of my life -- from my poems to my stories to my family to my pets to my causes to my photographs to my recipes to my love of teaching to my favorite literature. Please feel free to comment. Words are only important if they are heard or read. Just like those soundless trees falling in the forest.

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