Quotation by Oscar Wilde

In his very rejection of art Walt Whitman is an artist. He tried to produce a certain effect by certain means and he succeeded.... He stands apart, and the chief value of his work is in its prophecy, not in its performance. He has begun a prelude to larger themes. He is the herald to a new era. As a man he is the precursor of a fresh type. He is a factor in the heroic and spiritual evolution of the human being. If Poetry has passed him by, Philosophy will take note of him.
Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. review of Whitman, November Boughs, Pall Mall Gazette (London, Jan. 25, 1889).
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