By Walt Whitman
This version provides the original twelve poems from Whitman's ultimate 1855 booklet of Leaves of Grass. integrated are a few of the maximum poems of contemporary occasions: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the physique Electric," and "There used to be a baby Went Forth," works that proceed to upset traditional notions of attractiveness and originality even today.
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The cannon touched, My captain lashed quick together with his personal palms. We had obtained a few eighteen-pound pictures less than the water, On our lower-gun-deck huge items had burst on the first hearth, killing throughout and blowing up overhead. Ten o‘clock at evening, and the total moon shining and the leaks on the achieve, and 5 ft of water said, The master-at-arms loosing the prisoners restricted within the after carry to provide them an opportunity for themselves. The transit to and from the journal was once now stopped by means of the sentinels, They observed such a lot of unusual faces they didn't recognize whom to belief. Our frigate used to be afire .... the opposite requested if we demanded quarters? if our colours have been struck and the battling performed? I laughed content material whilst I heard the voice of my little captain, we haven't struck, he composedly cried, we've simply started our a part of the struggling with. simply 3 weapons have been in use, One was once directed by way of the captain himself opposed to the enemy’s mainmast, well-served with grape and canister silenced his musketry and cleared his decks. The tops by myself seconded the fireplace of this little battery, specially the maintop, all of them held out bravely in the course of the complete of the motion. now not a moment’s stop, The leaks won quick at the pumps .... the hearth consume towards the powder-magazine, one of many pumps was once shot away .... it used to be mostly inspiration we have been sinking. Serene stood the little captain, He was once now not moved quickly .... his voice used to be neither excessive nor low, His eyes gave extra gentle to us than our battle-lanterns. towards twelve at evening, there within the beams of the moon they surrendered to us. Stretched and nonetheless lay the hour of darkness, nice hulls immobile at the breast of the darkness, Our vessel riddled and slowly sinking .... arrangements to move to the single we had conquered, The captain at the zone deck coldly giving his orders via a countenance white as a sheet, close to through the corpse of the kid that served within the cabin, The useless face of an outdated salt with lengthy white hair and punctiliously curled whiskers, The flames spite of all which may be performed flickering aloft and lower than, The husky voices of the 2 or 3 officials but healthy for responsibility, Formless stacks of our bodies and our bodies through themselves .... dabs of flesh upon the masts and spars, The reduce of cordage and cling of rigging .... the moderate surprise of the soothe of waves, Black and emotionless weapons, and muddle of powder-parcels, and the powerful odor, gentle sniffs of the seabreeze .... smells of sedgy grass and fields by way of the shore .... death-messages given responsible to survivors, The hiss of the surgeon’s knife and the gnawing enamel of his observed, The wheeze, the cluck, the swash of falling blood .... the quick wild scream, the lengthy uninteresting tapering groan, those so .... those irretrievable. O Christ! My healthy is gaining knowledge of me! What the insurgent stated gaily adjusting his throat to the rope-noose, What the savage on the stump, his eye-sockets empty, his mouth spirting whoops and defiance, What stills the traveller come to the vault at Mount Vernon, What sobers the Brooklyn boy as he appears to be like down the shorelines of the Wallabout and recalls the criminal ships, What burnt the gums of the redcoat at Saratoga while he surrendered his brigades, those develop into mine and me each one, and they're yet little, I develop into as even more as i love.