By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical spouse to Walt Whitman" comprises 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 exact phrases used or coined by way of Whitman, akin to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are lined. supporting readers comprehend the impacts on his existence are entries on Whitman's relations, buddies, family, and pals; very important areas the place he lived and labored; and concepts vital to his paintings. a necessary reference consultant, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence provides a wealth of knowledge at the existence and works of this nice American writer.
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And, as one might expect from the poet of democracy, his closing paragraph offers an additional thought for one of his constant themes in Leaves of Grass: “Beat! Beat! ” Concluding with two items for the imaginative genius of the West, when it worthily rises— First, what Herder taught to the young Goethe, that really great poetry is always (like the Homeric or Biblical canticles) the result of a national spirit, and not the privilege of a polish’d and select few; Second, that the strongest and sweetest songs yet remain to be sung.
43 Of the well-married husband and wife, of children and parents, Of city for city and land for land. The “base for all metaphysics”—which, in part, attempts to explain the nature of all things—is still the love of human beings for one another and for nature. The poem is placed in the “Calamus” cluster, which suggests homosexual love for its primary subject, and it is addressed “And now gentlemen”; but the poet makes it clear to the men of his imagination that there are other love relationships that are of equal importance.
Whitman suggests here a cyclical movement in life, from birth to death, to a new life. It is enough for Whitman merely to have lived. “As They Draw to a Close” (1871) First published as “Thought” with a cluster of poems titled “Now Finalè to the Shore” in the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass (1871); and it was the 11th of 17 poems in the “Songs of Parting” cluster for the sixth edition (1881). ” His purpose has been to “compact” all of nature together with his own soul. “As Toilsome I Wander’d Virginia’s Woods” (1865) First appeared in the Drum-Taps volume (1865) and under this title throughout its printing history; it was the 18th of 43 poems in the “Drum-Taps” cluster for the sixth edition of Leaves of Grass (1881).