HAPPY 4TH FRIENDS!

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American poet essayist and journalist Walt Whitman was born on Long Island 1819. He was among the most influential poets of the American canon often being referred to as the father of free-verse.  His work breaks the boundaries of poetic form and is generally prose-like.  His major work Leaves Of Grass was first published in 1855 and was a collection of poetry which he continued to edit and revise until his death in 1892.  This is:
I HEAR AMERICA SINGING
By Walt Whitman
I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.
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