Walt Whitman, 1819-1892.

Passage to India . Washington , DC , 1871.

Whitman was never again to experience so exalted a mood as "Passage to India " reveals. For him this was the absolute summit of his poetic life, and the time was near when he would begin the descent which he had anticipated not long before his appointment to a government clerkship. He was not under the sharp attacks to which he had several times been subjected after the distribution of a new edition; he was simply, for the most part, ignored in America .

From G. W. Allen's The Solitary Singer , 1967.

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