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

By Charles M. Oliver

"Critical better half to Walt Whitman" includes entries on each of Walt Whitman's poems, from the generally 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, akin to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", each one version of "Leaves of Grass", and particular phrases used or coined via Whitman, similar to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are lined. supporting readers comprehend the impacts on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's family members, pals, relations, and buddies; very important locations the place he lived and labored; and ideas vital to his paintings. an important reference consultant, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence supplies a wealth of knowledge at the lifestyles and works of this nice American writer.

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I too but signify at the utmost a little wash’d-up drift, A few sands and dead leaves to gather, Gather, and merge myself as part of the sands and drift. The “dead leaves” may be a weak reference to his own poems, but total discouragement certainly seems to enter the poet’s thinking here, perhaps the result of so much tumult in his own life, though he keeps the images directed at himself and his work: I perceive I have not really understood any thing, not a single object, and that no man ever can, Nature here in sight of the sea taking advantage of me to dart upon me and sting me, Because I have dared to open my mouth to sing at all.

The sea’s nighttime ebb tide reminds the poet of the great rhythm of life, from birth to death and return to the sea. (1860) Titled “Calamus No. 41” in the third edition of Leaves of Grass (1860); it received its present title (1867); it was the 36th of 39 poems in the “Calamus” cluster for the sixth edition (1881). In a “multitude” of people, the poet notices one person “among the men and women,” picking him out and making “secret and divine signs” to him, letting him know he is like him in his desire for love.

One of the most interesting visitors for Whitman but certainly a mystery for George and Louisa was Oscar WILDE, who stayed at the house and drank elderberry wine and hot toddies. ” During the summer of 1875 Whitman worked to get two new books into print at the offices of the Camden New Republic. The books were Two Rivulets 22 Critical Companion to Walt Whitman Whitman in his 328 Mickle Street home in Camden, New Jersey, 1887 (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division) and Memoranda During the War.

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