New PDF release: A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference

By Charles M. Oliver

ISBN-10: 0816057680

ISBN-13: 9780816057689

"Critical better half to Walt Whitman" includes entries on each of Walt Whitman's poems, from the commonly well-known "Song of Myself," "When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "Out of the Cradle eternally Rocking," to his minor works. His significant prose works, comparable to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", each one version of "Leaves of Grass", and detailed phrases used or coined via Whitman, equivalent to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are lined. supporting readers comprehend the impacts on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's kinfolk, buddies, relations, and associates; vital areas the place he lived and labored; and ideas vital to his paintings. a vital reference advisor, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence gives you a wealth of knowledge at the existence and works of this nice American writer.

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As I Pondered in Silence” (1871) First appeared in the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass (1871), it was the second of 24 poems in the “Inscriptions” cluster for the sixth edition (1881). As the poet “ponders” the subject matter of his poetry, a “Phantom” rises before him to remind him that “. . ” The Phantom’s answers to the poet’s questions are in italics. , hospitals and on the battlefields of northern Virginia. He wrote letters from the soldiers to their loved ones “back home,” no matter where home was.

There is no lie or form of lie, and can be none, but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does First published in BROTHER JONATHAN (January 29, 1842); this is an “early poem” not later published in Leaves of Grass. It is most accessible now in Francis Murphy (editor), Walt Whitman: The Complete Poems (Penguin Books, 1996). “America” (1888) First published in the NEW YORK HERALD (February 11, 1888), then in November Boughs (1888); it was subsequently the 13th of 65 poems in the “First Annex: Sands at Seventy” cluster for the “Deathbed” printing of Leaves of Grass (1892).

I too but signify at the utmost a little wash’d-up drift, A few sands and dead leaves to gather, Gather, and merge myself as part of the sands and drift. The “dead leaves” may be a weak reference to his own poems, but total discouragement certainly seems to enter the poet’s thinking here, perhaps the result of so much tumult in his own life, though he keeps the images directed at himself and his work: I perceive I have not really understood any thing, not a single object, and that no man ever can, Nature here in sight of the sea taking advantage of me to dart upon me and sting me, Because I have dared to open my mouth to sing at all.

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