By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical spouse to Walt Whitman" comprises entries on each one 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 perpetually Rocking," to his minor works. His significant prose works, resembling "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", every one version of "Leaves of Grass", and detailed phrases used or coined by way of Whitman, resembling "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are lined. supporting readers comprehend the impacts on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's relatives, neighbors, family, and buddies; vital areas the place he lived and labored; and concepts vital to his paintings. an important reference consultant, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence grants a wealth of data at the existence and works of this nice American writer.
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But Whitman says that, although the “New World receives with joy the poems of the antique,” and “though the dawndazzle of the sun of literature is in those poems for us of to-day—though perhaps the best parts of current character in nations, social groups, or any man’s or woman’s individuality, Old World or New, are from them—. ” he wonders if “there [is] one whose underlying basis is not a denial and insult to democracy? ” It is for the America of the present time, Whitman suggests here, and for American poets to bring a new body of poetry to the world, the Old world as well as the New.
The first volume was titled Leaves of Grass and was an unchanged reprinting of the 1871 (fifth) edition; Two Rivulets included 14 new poems and seven essays. The end of 1875 and January of 1876 produced a strange controversy indicating a certain paranoia on Whitman’s part. He wrote a letter saying that no American publisher would publish his work and that money from the sale of his books was being embezzled. ” Walt then sent copies of the article to friends in England, which generated not only reprintings of the letter in various British publications but a large pre-sale subscription for the new edition of Leaves.
The 65-line poem is an apostrophe, an evocation, to various people and things that are a part of Whitman’s philosophic mind, telling each to what extent he depends on them for sustenance. “Apparitions” (1891) First published as the sixth of 31 poems in GoodBye My Fancy (1891); it was then in “Second 33 Walt Whitman, photographed by Thomas Eakins or Samuel Murray, 1891 (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) 34 “Army Corps on the March, An” Whitman made a note to himself after publication of the 1860 edition to delete this poem from the next edition, but, instead, he changed some wording and cut the original ending.
A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference To His Life And Work by Charles M. Oliver