31st May celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of poet, Walt Whitman. Best known for Leaves of Grass, Whitman was an interesting character who lived an equally interesting life – from starting work aged eleven and educating himself to become a teacher at age seventeen , to anonymously reviewing his own book in the paper in order to cause a stir and drive sales.
Whitman’s work was (and still is) admired by thousands (Bram Stoker and his friends actually called themselves the Walt Whitmanites). To celebrate such a momentous anniversary, we thought it would be nice to share with you some of our favourites lines from his beautiful poetry collection.
“I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough.”
“Day by day and night by night we were together. All else has long been forgotten by me.”
“To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough.”
“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.”
“I exist as I am. That is enough.”
“Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Do you have a favourite Walt Whitman poem?