Letter

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Refers to: an article on Whitman in a woman's paper (apparently sent to him by Johnston), which shows no real understanding of the poet's meaning; [William] Clarke's book [Walt Whitman] which he likes, despite its failure to cover new ground, especially his defence of the 'Children of Adam' poems; his own belief that Whitman cannot be understood in isolated lines, only in looking at the broad sweep of his work; [R.M.] Bucke, who misses Whitman.