Walt Whitman is 90 stories tall, and his adventures are legendary. With his blue ox, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman traveled across young America and helped the nation greow into the angry powerhouse it is today. He dropped his mighty axe, forming the Grand Canyon; the apple cores he would spit from his mighty mouth planted apple treees all acoess the country; and the stomp of his mighty boot caused the stock market to crash. He and his friend, Huck Finn, traveled down the Mississippi river and freed the slaves.
Walt Whitman believed that the only good Chinaman was a dead Chinaman, so he went to Tiananmen Square and gave them all candy.
Except instead of candy he killed them. Walt Whitman died a lonely man in Walt Disney Land. Thanks to his dumb, now none of us can ride it anymore. Jimmie Killingsworth, Whitman's notion of the self is one that contains elements of the individual and the universal.
Unlike Chari, Killingsworth highlights the duality of Whitman's concept of self, focusing on an apparent tension between singularity and diversity. Similarly, Mitchell Robert Breitwieser identifies in Whitman's poetry two distinct "I's" or "selves," the first "I" being a small, timid, individual, voice and the second "I" being a large, universal, affirming voice.
Just as the nature and significance of Whitman's concept of the self is a battleground for many critics, so is the issue of the centrality and importance of the sexual, and homosexual, themes in his poetry.
Price maintains that sexual themes—such as voyeurism, nonprocreative sexuality, and female sexuality—and the way Whitman treats such topics, influenced writers of narrative fiction. Price analyzes the way in which the approaches to sexual themes in the works of Hamlin Garland, Kate Chopin, and E. Forster are indebted to Whitman. Fone surveys the manner in which the homoeroticism in Whitman's text has been addressed by early and modern critics.
Byrne argues that, in many cases, the homophobia inherent in the discourse of these Whitman scholars has detracted from the quality of textual and biographical analyses. Similarly, Betsy Erkkila notes that there is a critical tradition which has been responsible for "silencing, spiritualizing, heterosexualizing, or marginalizing Whitman's sexual feeling for men.
Whitman's interest in democracy and American political events and issues is revealed in his poetry and is a major focus of criticism. In particular, critics observe how the Civil War and Whitman's experience in it greatly influenced his poetry.
James Dougherty investigates this influence, as demonstrated in Drum-Taps. Dougherty states that "Drum-Taps represents Whitman's bid to be 'absorbed' by America not as a radically democratic visionary but as the inheritor and master of a tradition according to which poems were like pictures. This conflict, Dougherty argues, represents a tension not only between Whitman's pre-war faith in "physical and spiritual regeneration" and his post-war loss of that faith; the conflict also points to Whitman's doubts regarding his "original poetic.
Noting that Whitman's professional life was "framed" beginning in the late s by the Great Removal of Native Americans to what would become Oklahoma, and fifty years later by the Wounded Knee massacre, Ed Folsom observes in Whitman's poetry and short stories a deeply ambivalent attitude toward Native Americans.
Folsom asserts that "Whitman's plan to absorb the Indian via his poetry was … double-edged: Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts.
An Interpretation , University of Nebraska Press, , pp. VI, Part I, No. Breitwieser emphasizes the conflict in the poems between the voice of the small, individual "I" and that of the large, magnanimous, universal "I. The breadth of the problem is great, for the poet is representative. He stands among partial men for the complete man, and Whitman and the Novel," in Whitman and Tradition: On March 1, , Leaves of Grass was officially classified as obscene literature. Ironically, just when Whitman had asserted his centrality to American literature in Specimen Days , just when he was poised to achieve a new degree of recognition through publication This subject of language interests me — interests me: I never quite get it out of my mind.
I sometimes think the Leaves is only a language Fone maintains that when Whitman criticism has been centered on the subject of homosexuality, the homophobia inherent in much of the criticism has hampered both textual and biographical study. It is without name … it is a word unsaid…. Martin, University of Iowa Press, , pp. Erkkila argues against this reading, stressing instead the relationship, rather than the distinction, between homosexuality and democracy in Whitman's poetry.
Folsom notes that American "aborigines," as Whitman referred to Native Americans, were often described in his poetry with a mixture of disdain and admiration. Have I forgotten any part? Come to me whoever and whatever, till I give you recognition.
Whitman, "With Antecedents" LG Walt Whitman as Man, Poet, and Legend. Southern Illinois University Press, , p. Includes biographical information, discussion and analysis of Whitman's poetry, a survey of the twentieth-century critical assessment of Whitman, and a bibliography.
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Walt Whitman, arguably America’s most influential and innovative poet, was born into a working class family in West Hills, New York, a village near Hempstead, Long Island, on May 31, , just thirty years after George Washington was inaugurated a s the first president of the newly formed United States.
The Correspondence of Walt Whitman 6 vols, (letters) Prose Works, , 2 vols, (essays) Walt Whitman: Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts. 6 vols, (essays and notes) *These works were . Apr 11, · Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was a follower of the two Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. He believed in Emerson and Thoreau’s Trascendentalist beliefs. Whitman believed that individualism stems from listening to one’s inner voice and that one’s life is guided by one’s intuition.
- Walt Whitman Walt Whitman was a follower of the two Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. He believed in Emerson and Thoreau’s Trascendentalist beliefs. Whitman believed that individualism stems from listening to one’s inner voice and that one’s life is guided by one’s intuition. Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman is one of America’s most popular and most influential poets. The first edition of Whitman’s well-known Leaves of Grass first appeared in July of the poet’s thirty-sixth year.