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May 25, 2011

Walt Whitman: I was simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil.

I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil. --Walt Whitman (1819-1892)

Inspiration. Jack London thought you could not wait for it. You needed, he felt, to go out and hunt inspiration with a club. Walt Whitman, however, was luckier. He was a relatively young man when Ralph Waldo Emerson was thinking and writing. Emerson set off the young printer and hack writer, hurling him into an exuberant and celebratory realm, where no one had ever been.


Wild Walt, circa 1860, by Matthew Brady

Posted by JD Hull at May 25, 2011 11:59 PM


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