By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical significant other to Walt Whitman" comprises entries on each of Walt Whitman's poems, from the commonly famous "Song of Myself," "When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "Out of the Cradle ceaselessly Rocking," to his minor works. His significant prose works, akin to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", every one version of "Leaves of Grass", and specific phrases used or coined by way of Whitman, equivalent to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are coated. aiding readers comprehend the affects on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's relations, associates, kin, and pals; vital areas the place he lived and labored; and ideas vital to his paintings. a vital reference consultant, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence can provide a wealth of knowledge at the lifestyles and works of this nice American writer.
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America” (1888) First published in the NEW YORK HERALD (February 11, 1888), then in November Boughs (1888); it was subsequently the 13th of 65 poems in the “First Annex: Sands at Seventy” cluster for the “Deathbed” printing of Leaves of Grass (1892). Whitman was 69 years old when he wrote this poem, a six-line song of praise for America, “centre of equal daughters, equal sons. . ” It is one of the shortest but most precisely descriptive statements in Leaves of Grass showing Whitman’s love of America, as alive in his last years as in his more productive middle years.
We, capricious, brought hither we know not whence, spread out before you, You up there walking or sitting, Whoever you are, we too lie in drifts at your feet. The poet envisions himself and his poems as “loose windrows,” dry leaves swept together like “little corpses,” tossed up by the ocean along the shore and his own drowned body part of the drift. Readers may well tie the notion of ebb and flood tides into Whitman’s Leaves of Grass theme of opposites being essential to equality in a democracy: men and women, black and white, good and evil, ebb tide and flood tide.
She and her children—Beatrice (“Bee”), 22; Herbert, 19; and Grace 17—were in the United States not quite three years, living the first two years in Philadelphia. Whitman visited the Gilchrists often from his residence across the river in Camden and from Timber Creek. Mrs. Gilchrist kept a spare bedroom for him in the rented house, which he used most of the fall of 1877. She was 49 at the time, he 58, and they established a special but apparently platonic relationship. Grace, whom Whitman called “Giddy,” wrote an article for the English periodical Temple Bar (February 1898) describing their evenings after supper, when they would take chairs out onto the sidewalk in front of the house and talk about literature.