Thursday, March 1, 2012

Specimen Days

More loafing…

“Loafing here deep among the trees […]” is where you’ll find Mr. Whitman in this installment of Specimen Days titled “Loafing in The Woods.” It seems as though loafing for Walt would akin to anyone else being engrossed in serious thought. While reflecting on this entry, I couldn’t help but think of the old adage “work smarter, not harder.” Whitman seems to be the master at working smarter and seems to be constantly loafing. However, while loafing generally refers to passing time at leisure, Walt’s loafing seems to share more in common with scientific observations.  Put it this way, if your job was to observe the changes of the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and you loved the outdoors and the beach: would you not be loafing while doing your job? Whitman’s loafing was a part of his scientific method. Loaf/observe then write. Maybe this explains the organic feel of Leaves of Grass

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