Walt Whitman and His Poems
to exhibition object
An American bard at last! One of the roughs, large, proud, affectionate,
eating, drinking, and breeding, his costume manly and free, his
face sunburnt and bearded, his posture strong and erect, his voice
bringing hope and prophecy to the generous races of young and old.
We shall cease shamming and be what we really are. We shall start
an athletic and defiant literature. We realize now how it is, and
what was most lacking. The interior American republic shall also
be declared free and independent.