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American literature must become distinct


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American literature must become distinct from all others.—American writers of must become national, idiomatic, free from the genteel laws—America herself appears (she does not at all appear hitherto) in the spirit and the form of her poems, and all other literary works.—

The greatest poets submits only to himself. Is nature wild and rude, free, irregular? If nature be so, I & you to too will be so. Do you suppose Nature keeps has nothing more under those beautiful terrible irrational forms?   [begin leaf 1 verso]
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