A companion to Walt Whitman by Donald D. Kummings

By Donald D. Kummings

A better half To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written via best students, discussing the cultural and literary context of Whitman's vintage poetry and prose works. From the impression of nineteenth-century pop culture on Whitman and his literature, to the repercussions of the yank Civil struggle, to the original nuances of the first actual version of "Leaves of Grass", A better half To Walt Whitman is an erudite exploration of not just the works themselves and their mirrored image of Whitman's period, but additionally the dear insights they communicate to provide and destiny generations. hugely recommended.

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He imagines in these poems of homoerotic affection a spiritualized comradeship, which he imagines as the basis for democracy. The third edition is also darker and more melancholy than previous editions. In contrast to the confident ‘‘I’’ of the opening poem in the 1855 edition or the ‘‘Poem of the Road’’ in 1856, the disconsolate speaker in 1860 often expresses sadness, woe, and painful uncertainty about relationships, personal identity, national destiny, and metaphysical order. The well-publicized third edition received more attention and critical acclaim than previous editions, and it sold far more copies.

In 1887–8, a flurry of new work appeared in McClure’s, the Critic, Lippincott’s, and the New York Herald. ’’ A stroke in 1888 left Whitman feeble and quite dependent, though another collection of prose and verse titled Good-Bye My Fancy appeared in 1891. Even as he drew up his will in 1888, made arrangements for a tomb in Camden’s Harleigh Cemetery in 1890, and struggled with pneumonia in the winter of 1891–2, Whitman continued to write and to prepare a final, ‘‘Deathbed’’ edition of Leaves of Grass.

Her passing devastated Whitman, who called it ‘‘the great dark cloud of my life’’ (Corr, 2: 242). Camden, 1873–84 In mourning, in poor health, and unable to work, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey to live with his brother George and George’s wife, Lou. After a succession of painful losses, he now found himself also separated from his beloved, Peter Doyle, who remained in Washington. From Camden, he wrote Doyle almost cheerful letters of consolation that talked of reunion but revealed real sorrow.

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