Because I’ve ignored the magnificent, eloquent Mr. Walt Whitman on my blog! This is a beautiful free verse pastoral elegy to President Abraham Lincoln. Read it slowly & reverently and absorb the beauty...
I’d like to say Rest In Peace to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Although I disagreed with her politically, I respect her as a successful, intelligent, intellectual, hardworking woman. May the next Supreme Court Justice be God’s choice to help to bring peace, along with the other justices, back to our divided, troubled country. ~Marion
“When ‘Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd’ - is an elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoln, though it never mentions the president by name. Like most elegies, it develops from the personal (the death of Lincoln and the poet's grief) to the impersonal (the death of "all of you" and death itself); from an intense feeling of grief to the thought of reconciliation. The poem, which is one of the finest Whitman ever wrote, is a dramatization of this feeling of loss. This elegy is grander and more touching than Whitman's other two elegies on Lincoln's death, "0 Captain! My Captain!" and "Hush'd Be the Camps To-day." The form is elegiac but also contains elements found in operatic music, such as the aria and recitative. The song of the hermit thrush, for example, is an "aria." ~ from “cliff notes”
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
BY WALT WHITMAN