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By Ezra Greenspan

Written for this quantity through a global group of uncommon Whitman students, those essays tackle quite a lot of modern matters in his existence and paintings via various techniques. the amount features a chronology of Whitman's existence and recommendations for additional examining.

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Although there is much heatedly aggressive talk in "First 0 Songs" and in the other poems in Drum-Taps that relate to the early phases of the war, there is scarcely a mention of the enemy. This is no accident. ) than a negative rhetoric. Two poems in particular - "Virginia - Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 FRATRICIDE A N D BROTHERLY LOVE The West" and "The Centenarian's Story" - represent interesting attempts to deal with the problem, and in both cases the figure of George Washington is crucial.

Ohio State University Press, 19681, p. 140). In 1882 Whitman reprinted the 185 5 preface in Specimen Days and Collect; one of the revisions he made at that time was to leave out the "proof of a poet" idea entirely (see Walt Whitman: Leaves of Grass, Comprehensive Reader's Edition, ed. Harold W. Blodgett and Sculley Bradley [New York: New York University Press, 19651, p. 729). From the (London) Critic, April I, 1856; quoted in Walt Whitman: The Critical Heritage, ed. Milton Hindus (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1971), p.

What pushes performers onto the stage is often the need to get from a crowd of strangers what they cannot get from the people in their private lives. Seen this way, Cambridge Companions Online © Cambridge University Press, 2006 STEPHEN RAILTON perhaps Whitman's tireless self-promotion - the reviews he wrote anonymously, the pictures he posed for, the news items he planted with editors, and so 01119 - seems less offensive. We need to make a crucial distinction, though, between the imaginative performance a real performer engages in and the imaginative performance Whitman only imagined.

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