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-- The ideals of a man People are entitled to their opinions such is this right that is bestowed upon us How one is to interpret that opinion is subject to debate Are we to fault a person for their certain beliefs whatever they may be Obviously throughout history the many great thinkers that have come before us were opinionated people which is why they were and have become such respected and enduring figures That sentiment holds true for Walt Whitman Often referred to as the poet of democracy Whitman settled in Camden in the early 1870s where he had come to visit his dying mother at his brothers house However after suffering a stroke Whitman found it impossible to return to Washington He stayed with his brother until the 1882 publication of Leaves of Grass which gave Whitman enough money to purchase a modest home in Camden for the sum of 800 While in Camden in addition to revising Leaves of Grass he continued to work on an assortment of manuscripts as well as preparing his final volume of poems and prose Good-Bye My Fancy During his final years a man by the name of Horace L Traubel began recording his daily conversations with Whitman His insight on an array of topics from Leaves of Grass to the dangers America faces to the appreciation of the simple things and beyond are incredibly revealing and offer a glimpse into the creative consciousness that is Walt Whitman -- On Leaves of Grass There are two things in Leaves of Grass which dominate everything else--which give it meaning and coherency--two things found I hope in every page--I was going to say every word The first is atmosphere that what we call phenomena facts reason intellect are not the explications of life--that that lies deeper is a more penetrating factor--is deep deep deep below all casual eyesight or insight either
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