Other Articles of Interest

Ceniza, Sherry. 'Being a Woman I Wish to Give My Own View' Some Nineteenth-Century Women's Responses to the 1860 Leaves of Grass. In Ezra Greenspan, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman Cambridge Cambridge University Press, 1995, 110-134. Killingsworth, M. Jimmie. Whitman's Sexual Themes During a Decade of Revision 1866-1876. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 4 (Summer 1986), 7-15. Pollak, Vivian R. In Loftiest Spheres Whitman's Visionary Feminism. In Betsy Erkkila and Jay Grossman, eds.,...

To Whitmans barbaric yawp in Song of Myself was Howl a

Long poem he started writing in Anen Ginsberg edition of Leaves of Grass was published. Schooled in the Whitmanic tradition, you'll find several aspects of Ginsberg's poetic stance familiar. Firstly, Ginsberg embraced the idea of the poet as seer, revolutionary, and aesthetic rebel. His poetry reflects a lot of Whitman's style, seen in the long, bardic free-verse lines and the content of sexual openness and exploration. Ginsberg was, by the way, also gay and wrote openly about gay issues and...

Other Books of Interest

The Evolution of Walt Whitman. 1954 Eng. Tr Cambridge Harvard University Press, 1962. Burroughs, John. Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person. New York American News, 1867. Canby, Henry Seidel. Walt Whitman, an American. Boston Houghton Mifflin, 1943. Carpenter, Edward. Days with Walt Whitman. London George Allen, 1906. Folsom, Ed (ed ). Walt Whitman The Centennial Essays. Iowa City University of Iowa Press, 1994. Kennedy, William Sloane. Reminiscences of Walt Whitman....

Article of Interest

Dedmond, Francis B., ed. 'Here Among Soldiers in Hospital' An Unpublished Letter from Walt Whitman to Lucia Jane Russell Briggs. New England Quarterly 59 (December 1986), 544-548. Lecture 7 Banned in Boston Whitman and Censorship Before beginning this lecture you may want to . Read Walt Whitman's Poem of Procreation. This series of postcards from the 1890s represents some of the most daring and risque photography of the time. After the Civil War, the stakes in the battle of pornographic...

How Do Whitman and Music Tie Together

Whitman was musically illiterate, and yet he loved vocalism and singing and continued to find moral and artistic inspiration in song. He observed A taste for music, when widely distributed among a people, is one of the surest indications of their moral purity, amiability, and refinement. It promotes a sociality, represses the grosser manifestations of the passions, and substitutes in their place all that is beautiful and artistic. Whitman was a big fan of opera, probably because of the idea of...

Walt Whitmans Origins

Walt Whitman was born in West Hills, Huntington Township, Long Island, New York on May 31, 1819. His family moved to Brooklyn in May of 1823. Whitman Sr. continued to buy and sell property that he fixed up. Whitman Jr. attended District School 1 in Brooklyn until 1830, when he began to work as an office boy in a law office. He got a subscription to a library and it was here that his love for reading began. In 1831, young Whitman found work in a Brooklyn printing office and continued to work for...

For Greater Understanding

What role did New York City play in the shaping of Whitman's work 2. What was notable about Whitman's poem The Sleepers 3. What was public reaction to The Sleepers Did this impact Whitman's next edition of Leaves of Grass Whitman, Walt. Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts. Sculley Bradley, Gay W. Allen, and Edward F. Grier (eds.). New York New York University Press, 1984. Burrows, Edwin G. and Mike Wallace. Gotham A History of New York City to 1898. Durham, New York Oxford University...

Sites of Interest

The Academy of American Poets page featuring the text of Howl on-line, w j 2. Allen Ginsburg Trust homepage Lecture 12 Whitman, Visual Poetics, and the New York School Before beginning this lecture you may want to . . . Read O'Hara's Paterson. View Jackson Pollack's painting Autumn Rhythm on-line. Heirs to the Whitman legacy of this period include not only Frank O'Hara, the leading poet of the New York School, but several of the Abstract Expressionist painters specifically, Jackson Pollack....

Historical Perspective of the Preface

The 1850s were an unprecedented time of political corruption vote-buying, wire-pulling, patronage on all levels of state and national government. In New York, Fernando Wood was elected mayor in 1854 as a result of vote fraud. In the Bloody Sixth Ward, there were actually 4,000 more votes than there were registered voters. Three of the most corrupt presidencies ever were at this time Fillmore 1850-53 , Pierce 1853-57 , and Buchanan 1857-1861 , Our topmost warning and shame, according to Whitman....