Leaves of Grass (Bantam Classic) by Walt Whitman

By Walt Whitman

Abraham Lincoln learn it with approval, yet Emily Dickinson defined its daring language and subject matters as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson chanced on it "the so much notable piece of wit and knowledge that the US has but produced."

Published on the author's rate on July four, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a brand new voice and elegance into American letters and gave expression to an positive, bombastic imaginative and prescient that took the state as its topic

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May your blood, cross, and mortal pain get my heart well-prepared for death so that I may die gently and blessedly and the Crown of Life inherit. 3. Father, help me, when I’m most afraid, snatch me away from anguish and pain! Help me, my Jesus, escape my fears, Let your bloody sweat refresh my heart! ] For the sake of the infant that will survive her, she asks God to insure that the child will benefit from baptism. For her own precarious situation, she calls on all three aspects of the Trinity for help with her preparations to die a blessed death.

1800 (London: Reaktion Books, 1991), 18. 9 Jakob Weller, Herrliche Seelen-Ruhe und Freude . . (Dresden: Bergen, 1662), J3 r. 10 See Britta Juliane Kruse, Witwen: Kulturgeschichte eines Standes in Spätmittelalter und Früher Neuzeit (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007). 11 See Günther Schuhmann, “Markgraf Georg Friedrichs d. Ä. zweite Gemahlin Sophia (†1639) und ihre Beziehungen zu Nürnberg,” Mitteilungen des Vereins für Geschichte der Stadt Nürnberg 65 (1978): 253–67, for an excellent account of Sophia’s time in Nürnberg, her funeral, and the erection of her epitaph in the Lorenzkirche, although he is mistaken in asserting that her pewter coffin was made after her death (260).

Because she sees herself as perpetually in her death throes, she is always spiritually prepared for her demise. The texts of five of Aemilia Juliana’s devotional songs to be used for preparation for death will provide the basis for my examination. The first is a text she created for her own use and never shared with others. In it she lists all the causes of sudden death she can think of. These include several catastrophes or close calls that had befallen her or her child in real life, as a perusal of letters, songs, and prayers from her hand shows.

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