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Post by aradlaw » June 30th, 2019, 11:16 am

Long I Thought that Knowledge by Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892).

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This poem is taken from Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass"
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LONG I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me—O if I could but obtain knowledge!
Then my lands engrossed me—Lands of the prairies, Ohio’s land, the southern savannas, engrossed me—For them I would live—I would be their orator;
Then I met the examples of old and new heroes—I heard of warriors, sailors, and all dauntless persons—And it seemed to me that I too had it in me to be as dauntless as any—and would be so;
And then, to enclose all, it came to me to strike up the songs of the New World—And then I believed my life must be spent in singing;
But now take notice, land of the prairies, land of the south savannas, Ohio’s land,
Take notice, you Kanuck woods—and you Lake Huron—and all that with you roll toward Niagara—and you Niagara also,
And you, Californian mountains—That you each and all find somebody else to be your singer of songs,
For I can be your singer of songs no longer—One who loves me is jealous of me, and withdraws me from all but love,
With the rest I dispense—I sever from what I thought would suffice me, for it does not—it is now empty and tasteless to me,
I heed knowledge, and the grandeur of The States, and the example of heroes, no more,
I am indifferent to my own songs—I will go with him I love,
It is to be enough for us that we are together—We never separate again.


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Post by Claire » June 30th, 2019, 1:06 pm

Looks like I'm first this week. :D

Here's mine at 2:11:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/knowledge_whitman_lah_128kb.mp3

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Post by aradlaw » June 30th, 2019, 5:48 pm

Thank you Lee Ann. :thumbs:
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Post by aradlaw » June 30th, 2019, 6:08 pm

Thank you Kevin, at 1:36 you've left out a line "I heed knowledge, and the grandeur of The States, and the example of heroes, no more," :wink:

edit... I'm sure Kevin posted a link to this poem, I've PLed and left this note, but his post is missing. :shock:
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Post by KevinS » June 30th, 2019, 6:17 pm

It's here:

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/knowledge_whitman_ks_128kb.mp3

2:02

Sorry! I discovered my mistake (almost) immediately.
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Post by skipg » July 1st, 2019, 12:15 am

My submission: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/knowledge_whitman_skp_128kb.mp3

Length: 2:02

Thank you!

(I'm curious for that last phrase-"we never separate again". Do others interpret it as separate as in the idea of, "we never end up separating again"? Or is it separate as in "we are never separate again"? I went with the latter because that's how I instinctively read it, but thought it was really interesting that Claire read it differently and that gave it a bit of a different tone.)
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Post by KevinS » July 1st, 2019, 6:20 am

skipg wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:15 am
My submission: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/knowledge_whitman_skp_128kb.mp3

Length: 2:02

Thank you!

(I'm curious for that last phrase-"we never separate again". Do others interpret it as separate as in the idea of, "we never end up separating again"? Or is it separate as in "we are never separate again"? I went with the latter because that's how I instinctively read it, but thought it was really interesting that Claire read it differently and that gave it a bit of a different tone.)
I've always felt that ambiguity is an important part of poetry.
E agora, José?

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Post by aradlaw » July 1st, 2019, 12:57 pm

Thank for the edit Kevin, and thanks Skip. :thumbs:
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Post by skipg » July 1st, 2019, 8:24 pm

KevinS wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:20 am
I've always felt that ambiguity is an important part of poetry.
Wow. That one comment kind of just changed the whole way I think about poetry and art in general. :idea:

I've always been focused on "getting it right" and figuring out what the writer really meant and now I realize I approached it all wrong and how did I get through all those English classes in school and never learn that? :lol:
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Post by KevinS » July 1st, 2019, 8:37 pm

skipg wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 8:24 pm
KevinS wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 6:20 am
I've always felt that ambiguity is an important part of poetry.
Wow. That one comment kind of just changed the whole way I think about poetry and art in general. :idea:

I've always been focused on "getting it right" and figuring out what the writer really meant and now I realize I approached it all wrong and how did I get through all those English classes in school and never learn that? :lol:
I have friends, however, who stare at me and tell me, "I prefer your simple poems."
E agora, José?

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Post by pschempf » July 2nd, 2019, 8:53 pm

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Post by aradlaw » July 3rd, 2019, 7:44 am

Thank you Bruce and Phil. :thumbs:

Phil, you've transposed the filename, could you please correct and upload again ? :D
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Post by pschempf » July 3rd, 2019, 7:59 am

Sorry David, I'm a bit thick this morning and I don't see what I've transposed. Maybe I need another cup of coffee. :hmm:
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Post by pschempf » July 3rd, 2019, 8:00 am

Skip that - I see it now. :roll:
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