WR 150 - WR 150 1. The United States themselves are...

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WR 150 1. The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem. a. The history of the US is beautiful and poetic. 2. Other states indicate themselves in their deputies…but the genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges or churches or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors…but always most in the common people. a. Most countries distinguish themselves by leaders, but the US is distinguished by its hoi polloi 3. Obedience does not master him, he masters it. a. He is not obedient, he practices obedience. 4. Very early he reached full physical maturity, and in his mid-teens was contributing “pieces”---probably correct, conventional poems---to one of the best Manhattan papers, the Mirror , and often crossing the ferry from Brooklyn to attend debating societies and to use his journalist’s pass to get into theaters. a. Whitman was not a usual child, and was very intellectually ambitious, as shown by his interest in debate and journalism 5. If he breathes into anything that was before thought small it dilates with the grandeur and life of the universe.
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2012 for the course PHIL 310 taught by Professor Mccollum during the Spring '12 term at MO St. Louis.

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WR 150 - WR 150 1. The United States themselves are...

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