Skip to main content

Review of Good-bye My Fancy

WHITMAN, WALT. Good-bye, my fancy: 2d annex to "Leaves of grass." D. McKay. por. 8º, $1.

"Walt Whitman still lives. One more utterance from our old original individualistic American poet, now, as he tells us, in his seventy-second year, and not expecting to write any more; this, indeed, written as it were in defiance of augury. The grand old fellow in that little of new he gives us is in good fettle and equal to himself. Most of the volume is made up of recollections, memories not only of facts, but of thoughts, and they are not the least interesting, especially his recollections of persons once famous, but long since gathered in by the reaper. The following is mystical, indeed everything that Whitman has written is mystical, a shadowing forth of a half comprehended entity in thought:


"After a long, long course, hundreds of years, denials, Accumulations, rous'd love and joy and thought, Hopes, wishes, aspirations, ponderings, victories, myr- 
 iads of readers
Coating, compassing, covering—after ages' and ages'  
Then only may these songs reach fruition." Commercial Advertiser.
Back to top