By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical spouse 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 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 precise phrases used or coined through Whitman, equivalent to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are coated. assisting readers comprehend the impacts on his existence are entries on Whitman's relatives, associates, family members, and pals; very important areas the place he lived and labored; and concepts very important to his paintings. an important reference advisor, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence supplies a wealth of knowledge at the existence and works of this nice American writer.
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See, for an example of people who do not get the secret signs, “O You Whom I Often and Silently Come,” the next poem following this one in the “Calamus” “Angel of Tears, The” (1842) Short story, first published in the United States Magazine and Democratic Review (September 1842; see DEMOCRATIC REVIEW, THE). The tale is most accessible now in Walt Whitman: The Early Poems and the Fiction, edited by Thomas L. Brasher (New York University Press, 1963). The story’s opening paragraph defines the “Angel of Tears”: “High, high in space floated the angel Alza.
Gilchrist in Philadelphia, who set aside a bedroom for him. Timber Creek serves now as the border between Camden and Gloucester Counties and runs more or less parallel to the Atlantic City Expressway. It is still, 130 years after Whitman admired it, a tidal stream running through a beautiful, mostly wooded area, that empties into the Delaware River at Westville, about three miles south of Camden. The Stafford house was 12 or 13 miles upstream from Westville and about 400 yards above the creek. Walt made notes while he was at the Stafford farmhouse that would later become parts of several essays on Nature in Specimen Days (1882): After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on— have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear—what remains?
Words make up the “character” of individuals, Whitman says, implying that Americans will teach character to the rest of the world. Traubel explains in his introduction to the booklet that An American Primer is made up of notes Whitman wrote to himself during the 1850s and that he “never intended them for publication. ” Traubel has edited the notes into a coherent whole. It is a prose work that explains, in part, what Whitman attempted to do in his poetry. The difference between the two, however, is that in the essay he tells us about the importance of language; in the poetry he shows us.
A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference To His Life And Work by Charles M. Oliver