Walt Whitman on Blogging

I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

~ Walt Whitman

I haven’t read many poems, but every now and then a line of poetry grabs me by the ears and gives me a good shake.

The line above, from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” pretty much nails why most bloggers blog. We take our stand, like wisdom in the Proverbs, in the most public places we can find. We gaze out upon the Internet, over the phantom roofs of this virtual city, and sound our own individual cries: “Hey everybody! I’m a person with ideas and views and dreams! Listen to what I have to say!”

Perhaps I should read more poetry. What might a blogger learn from Yeats or Wordsworth?

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