A glimpse through an interstice caught, Of a crowd of workmen and drivers in a barroom around the stove late of a winter nigh...t, and I unremarked seated in a corner, Of a youth who loves me and whom I love, silently approaching and seating himself near, that he may hold me by the hand, A long while amid the noises of coming and going, of drinking and oath and smutty jest, There we two, content, happy in being together, speaking little, perhaps not a word.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Our leading men are not of much account and never have been, but the average of the people is immense, beyond all history. Sometim...es I think in all departments, literature and art included, that will be the way our superiority will exhibit itself. We will not have great individuals or great leaders, but a great average bulk, unprecedentedly great.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
It launch'd forth filament, filament, filament, out of itself, Ever unreeling them, ever tirelessly speeding them....
And you O my soul where you stand, Surrounded, detached, in measureless oceans of space, Ceaselessly musing, venturing, throwing, seeking the spheres to connect them, Till the bridge you will need be form'd, till the ductile anchor hold, Till the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere, O, my soul.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Ebb, ocean of life, (the flow will return,) Cease not your moaning you fierce old mother,... Endlessly cry for your castaways, but fear not, deny not me, Rustle not up so hoarse and angry against my feet as I touch you or gather from you. I mean tenderly by you and all, I gather for myself and for this phantom looking down where we lead, and following me and mine.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
Just as much for us that sobbing dirge of Nature, Just as much whence we come that blare of the cloud-trumpets,... We, capricious, brought hither we know not whence, spread out before you, You up there walking or sitting, Whoever you are, we too lie in drifts at your feet.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »
I perceive I have not really understood any thing, not a single object, and that no man ever can,... Nature here in sight of the sea taking advantage of me to dart upon me and sting me, Because I have dared to open my mouth to sing at all.LESSATTRIBUTION DETAIL »