By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical significant other 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, comparable to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", each one variation of "Leaves of Grass", and targeted phrases used or coined by means of Whitman, similar to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are coated. aiding readers comprehend the affects on his existence are entries on Whitman's kinfolk, pals, family, and pals; vital areas the place he lived and labored; and ideas very important to his paintings. a necessary reference advisor, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence grants a wealth of data at the lifestyles and works of this nice American writer.
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It is up to the people to plant the seeds of democracy, not government. 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.
Even then, he still had dizzy spells and complained of headaches. And in spite of electric shock treatments by his regular doctor, William B. Drinkard, his leg was still of little use. Whitman went to Camden, New Jersey, on May 20, where his seriously ill mother had moved to be with George and his wife, Louisa. ” He was so depressed by her death and his own ailments that he made out a will and wrote to Peter Doyle that he didn’t think he had long to live. John Burroughs was concerned enough to write to Charles Eldridge that he doubted “whether Walt is 21 going to recover.
After the Sea-Ship” (1874) First published as “In the Wake Following” in the NEW YORK DAILY GRAPHIC as part of “A Christmas Garland in Prose and Verse” (December 25, 1874); it received its present title in the fifth edition of Leaves of Grass (1876), later it was the last of 11 poems in the “Sea-Drift” cluster for the sixth edition (1881). This is the second of two poems at the end of the “Sea-Drift” cluster, which describes objectively the sea, this one describing the wake following a “sea-ship.
A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference To His Life And Work by Charles M. Oliver