Walt Whitman Tea Towel

$18.00
Walt Whitman Tea Towel

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He was a humanist who incorporated both transcendentalism and realism in his works. His work was very influential but also controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. The words on our tea towel come from Whitman's preface to the original edition; the extended passage is reproduced here: 

 “This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”

Half Panama unbleached cotton (heavy weight, textured finish). Stitched on all four sides. Includes hanging loop. Measures approximately 19in x 27.5in. Machine wash at 110 degrees max. We recommend that before you use your tea towel for the first time you wash it at least once to soften up the material and make it more absorbent for drying dishes. Please note size can vary slightly.