Poets convey a timeless message. They are often key witness to history’s great political and social changes. Their writings inspire us to build lasting peace in our minds, to rethink relations between man and nature and to establish humanism founded on the uniqueness and diversity of peoples. This is a difficult task, requiring the participation of all, whether in schools, libraries or cultural institutions. To quote the poet Tagore, the 150th anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated this year, "I have spent my days in stringing and unstringing my instrument. [read more].Writing a few years before Tagore's birth, the great American poet, Walt Whitman, starts the final section of "Song of Myself," published in Leaves of Grass , as follows:
And concludes with these lines:
The spotted hawk swoops by and accuses me . . . . hecomplains of my gab and my loitering.I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.
I too am not a bit tamed . . . . I too am untranslatable,
Note: The Library of Congress has the largest Whitman archives in the world; for further information consult its guide to online resources.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,And filter and fibre your blood.Fail to fetch me at first keep encouraged,Missing me one place search another,I stop some where waiting for you