Monday, February 21, 2011
every manifestation of vital living...
"Writers of depth and scope" writes Canby, "can be roughly classified as those who have essentially loved life and those who have essentially hated it...Now Whitman , the democratic idealist, had some reason to emerge as a hater of life...It did not go that way with him. Any careful reader of Whitman knows that often he did hate life in some of its respects, but instead of breaking down into a general hate, he lifted into a general love of mankind. There were reasons of temperament undoubtedly, but to them must be added these responsible and enthusiastic years when he was a 'son of Manhattan' happily wandering its streets, lay moralist and commentator for the town of Brooklyn, and friend to every manifestation of vital living."
Posted by slt at 9:00 AM