A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference by Charles M. Oliver

By Charles M. Oliver

"Critical spouse to Walt Whitman" includes entries on each one of Walt Whitman's poems, from the commonly famous "Song of Myself," "When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "Out of the Cradle forever Rocking," to his minor works. His significant prose works, corresponding to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", every one version of "Leaves of Grass", and targeted phrases used or coined by way of Whitman, akin to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are coated. assisting readers comprehend the affects on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's relatives, pals, kin, and buddies; vital locations the place he lived and labored; and concepts 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 in a Swoon” (1876) First appearing in the third printing of the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass (1876), it was reprinted in Good-Bye My Fancy (1891), but was cut when that supplement was added as a cluster of poems for the “Death-bed” printing of Leaves (1892). “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 poet continues his wandering, “through changeful season and scene, abrupt, alone, or in the crowded street,” but he cannot get rid of the memory of the “tablet scrawl’d” and nailed to a tree somewhere in Virginia’s woods. ” This is the third of three consecutive poems in the “Drum-Taps” cluster that present with greater emotional impact than any other poems in the group the theme of death in war. ” “Backward Glance O’er Travel’d Roads, A” Walt Whitman, photographed by Mathew Brady, 1866 (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) “As Toilsome I Wander’d Virginia’s Woods” is also one of seven poems within “Drum-Taps” that describe isolated, yet universal, incidents of war, descriptions that seem to stop time, perhaps as in a painting, and yet which also carry larger, thematic ideas.

Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals” (1860) First appeared untitled as the 12th poem in the “Enfans d’Adam” cluster for the third edition of Leaves of Grass (1860); it received its present title and became the eighth of 16 poems in the “Children of Adam” cluster for the fourth (1867) and subsequent editions and printings. ” And Adam has been reborn in America. ” He sings the song of America and of its growing significance for the mid-19th century world. And he turns the sex act into a time of purification, a metaphor for a cleansing in the new garden from the stains of the Old World.

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