Talk:John Greenleaf Whittier

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The brewing of soma[edit]

His hymn Dear Lord and Father of mankind is actually the last few verses of a much longer poem called The brewing of soma, the full text of which is available at [1]. It marks his observations regarding the preparation and use of the Vedic sacrificial drink in Hinduism. Whittier borrowed his copy of the Bhagavad Gita from Emerson. DFH 16:15, 6 May 2006 (UTC)

Wikiquote[edit]

What happened to the Wikiquote link that used to be on the page? I think it should be put back. kc12286 21:50, 1 November 2006 (UTC)kc12286

Problematic sentence[edit]

"Whittier was an activist all his life, although there is no record of him ever speaking in meeting, and, unlike some others who were Orthodox, he found time to engage in politics and championed abolitionism."

First I am going to wipe this absurd implication "and, unlike some others who were Orthodox, he found time to engage in politics and championed abolitionism." I haven't the foggiest who these 'others' are, but the writer obviously thought very highly of them.

Also, the first point of the sentence (the first sentence even) needs a citation. Anyone?

MangyMaestro 05:03, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

After taking a closer look, I decided to axe the whole thing. Knowing the second clause about never speaking in public, I don't see any justification to include the first clause unless there is evidence of his participation in active groups. In that case, it still needs a citation. The final point about his hectic life is a worthless sentence. No real information is conveyed. As a topic sentence it is fine, but it hasn't a single struts to brace it. Snicker-snack!

I don't know what to do with the Quaker beliefs section. It sticks out like a spaghetti stain on a white blouse. Chop, chop? New section?

MangyMaestro 05:16, 15 September 2007 (UTC)

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