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A spoke softly Whitman announces, " I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul . " As "poet of the Body", he boldly brings sex within the area of poetry: Urge and urge and urge, Always the procreantA urge of the world, Out of the dimnessB opposite equals advance, always substance and increase, always sex. A life-producing B dull light This development shocked most nineteenth-century Americans, including Emerson. Many were embarrassed and angered by the two groups of poems about sex Children ojAdam and Calamus which he included in the third edition 7 ( 1 860) of Leaves oj Grass.

But today, Whitman's work is considered an extremely important achievement of American literature. from early jobs in printing shops and newspapers, rather than from schools. At a time when most young Americans were working hard to rise in the world, Whitman seemed a rather lazy youth. He took long walks in the country and by the seashore. He describes this way of life: I 10afeA and invite my soul, I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass, I am enamoured ofB growing out-doors, Of men that live among cattle or taste of the ocean or woods .

J ust like a fly in a pan of molasses. There ain' t any escape for him. The more he tearsA around, the more liableB he is to ripe his legs off. A runs in fear B likely C tear At the end of the nineteenth century, Hamlin Garland was describing the failure of the "American Dream" . Like many twenti­ eth-century naturalists, he felt that the forces of American capitalism had destroyed the individual's freedom: " I n the world of business, the life of one man seems to be drawn from the life of another man, each success springs from others' failures .

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