William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"There was, thank God, a great voluptuary born to the American settlements against the niggardliness of the damming puritanical tradition; one who by the single logic of his passion, which he rested on the savage life about him, destroyed at its spring that spiritually withering plague. For this he has remained since buried in a miscolored legend and left for rotten. Far from dead, however, but full of a rich regenerative violence he remains, when his history will be carefully reported, for us who have come after to call upon him." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):130

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"Boone lived to enjoy ecstasy through his single devotion to the wilderness with which he was surrounded." "Not that he settled Kentucky or made a path to the west, not that he defended, suffered, hated and fled, but because of a descent to the ground of his desire was Boone's life important and does it remain still loaded with power, -- power to strengthen every form of energy that would be voluptuous, passionate, possessive in that place which he opened." "Boone genius was to recognize the difficulty as neither material nor political but one purely moral and aesthetic. Filled with the wild beauty of the New World to overbrimming so long as he had what he desired, to bathe in, to explore always more deeply, to see, to feel, to touch -- his instincts were contented. Sensing a limitless fortune which daring could make his own, he sought only with primal lust to grow close to it, to understand it and to be part of its mysterious movements -- like an Indian. And among all the colonists, like an Indian, the esctasy of complete possession of the new country was his alone." "With the sense of the Indian, Boone felt the wild beasts about him as a natural offering. Like a savage he knew that for such as he their destined lives were intended. As an Indian to the wild, without stint or tremor, he offered himself to his world, hunting, killing with a great appetite, taking the lives of the beasts into his quiet, murderous hands as they or their masters, the savages, might take his own, if they were able, without kindling his resentment; as naturally as his own gentle son, his beloved brother, his nearest companions were taken -- without his rancor being lifted." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):136-37

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1925

William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"There must be a new wedding. But he saw and only he saw the prototype of it all, the native savage. To Boone the Indian was his greatest master. Not for himself surely to be an Indian, though they eagerly sought to adopt him into their tribes, but the reverse: to be HIMSELF in a new world, Indianlike. If the land were to be possessed it must be as the Indian possessed it. Boone saw the truth of the Red Man, not an aberrant type, treacherous and anti-white to be feared and exterminated, but as a natural expression of the place, the Indian himself as 'right,' the flower of his world." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):137-38

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"Confirmed in his distrust for his 'own kind,' in old age homeless and quite ruined, he must turn once more to his early loves, the savage and the wild. Once more a wanderer he struck out through Tennessee for 'more elbowroom,' determined to leave the young nation which he had helped to establish, denifitely behind him." Congress finally granted him his land. "But that was by then to him really a small matter. He had already that which he wanted: the woods and native companions whom, in a written statement of great interest [in Wilder], he defends against alldetractors and in that defense establishes himself in clear words: the antagonist of those of his own blood whose alien strength he felt and detested, while his whole soul, with greatest devotion, was given to the New World which he adored and found, in its every expression, the land of heart's desire." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):139

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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Boone had for the life of his fellow settlers, high or low, no sympathy whatever." "He was not, as commonly believed, of that riff-raff of hunters and Indian killers among which destiny had thrown him." "He stood immensely above that wretched class of men who are so often the preliminaries of civilization." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):131

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"The accessions of companionship, however, congenial to the greatest part of mankind, did not suit Boone." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):132

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"Boone solved most [problems] according to his nature by leaving them behind." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):132

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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There are three types of American heroes: the Conquistador, the destroyer, the Puritan, who "keeps his frightened grip upon the throat of the world," and the existential, unafraid man -- like Boone. William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"He wants to have the feet of his understanding on the ground, his ground, THE ground, the only ground that he knows, that which IS under his feet." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):213

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1925

William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925)

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"The silly phrases and total disregard for what must have been the rude words of the old hunter serve only, for the most part, to make it a keen disappointment to the interested reader." William Carlos Williams, IN THE AMERICAN GRAIN (Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1925):133

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