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By Rivers W. C. (Walter Courtenay)

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And so assail me, That coy denial fail me, Slain by the mirrored shape of my desire Though life seem overladen With conquered bliss, it only craves the more Teach me the other half of passion's lore Be thou the man, and I the maiden " ! : ! Again it happens that Whitman was somewhat aware of his own singularity knew that he could only be thoroughly appreciated by the few, by the differentiated, by the minority to which he himself belonged. There is re; peated evidence of this throughout Leaves of What but a consciousness of abnorGrass.

John, and in many other passages. " WALT WHITMAN'S ANOMALY 38 The Poefs Journal'and Love Returned show would male for a minor poet, the woman's part in lovemaking put with remarkable insight and sympathy in is that he " Nay, nay The The ! kiss friends, while, : the longings tender, marvel, and the mystery, fear, the shy, delicious dread, the unreserved surrender, thou canst, to Give, if For would I me ! be, In this expressive languor, While night conceals, the wooed and not the wooer ; Shaken with supplication, keen as anger Pursued and thou pursuer Plunder my bosom of its hoarded fire, ; !

He extracts just cited, never smoked, as we know by his own telling and from the accounts of Traubel, his later the latter adding historian, and of Doyle that the poet had a marked aversion to the habit, although it was so common then in Washington as to make people remark upon His brother George said that his singularity. he cared nothing for sport, and an old school pupil of Whitman's that he never played at ball, but associated more with the younger scholars, frolicking with them rather than playIn cooking he delighted, not as ing games.

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