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The problem of the present study is to discover evidences of mysticism as revealed in eight poems in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

Potential readers of Whitman have shied away from his poetry because it is difficult to read. There is a lack of interest in his poetry because it is difficult to understand. Perry says: The significance of much of Whitman's poetry will be missed, if the reader does not remember that Whitman is talking to his soul--"the real me."4

By pointing out the evidences of mysticism, its meaning and relationship to poetry, the writer hopes some understanding may be gained as to the poet's message, to whom he is speaking, and his source of inspiration. In the light of these statements, it is believed that this study will be of importance and help to those persons who are interested in an appreciative and enthusiastic reading of Whitman's poetry.

The purpose of this study is to investigate eight poems in Whitman's Leaves of Grass, and to attempt to show that evidence of mysticism is revealed in them.

4Bliss Perry, Walt Whitman. (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934), p. 34.


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