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Hinduism and American Literature


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Walt Whitman
Hinduism and American Literature

Walt Whitman mentioned, among other great works of world literature, the ancient Hindu scriptures as ‘embryonic facts of ‘Leaves of Grass’.” No wonder his views echo Hindu thought.

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The American poet laureate Walt Whitman, in Leaves of Grass, freed American verse from the shackles of European conventions. Turning away from Europe, he turned toward Asia and wrote these lines in his famous poem 'Passage to India':

"Passage to India!
Are thy wings plumed indeed for such far flights?
O soul, voyagest thou indeed on voyages like those?
Disportest thou on waters such as those?
Soundest below the Sanscrit and the Vedas?
Then have thy bent unleash'd"

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