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Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1981, revised and expanded in 1998, and now re-issued as a corrected second edition (2014), this monumental anthology charts the ongoing American and international response to the legacy of the seminal poet Walt Whitman (1819-1892). Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous 1855 letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great ...more
Paperback, 536 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Holy Cow! Press
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A really nice collection of essays from 1855 to the present from various poets and scholars about Whitman's poetry. The general theme of the essays is the impact Whitman has had on the development of American poetry as well as some personal stories of how poets continue to dialogue with Whitman. If you're somewhat familiar with Whitman, this collection in a joy to read. Not too technical and very readable. Makes me want to explore more of Whitman beyond his primary masterpieces.
This collection of essays and poems in which poets starting from his peers respond to Whitman's work is compelling in the way it shows both the range and width of the good, gray poet's influence, but also the variety of responses. Among the essays, in particular, are a lot of nuggets of smart poetic insight, not just about Whitman but about poetry. Still, some of the pieces get bogged down in the egos of the writers--losing sight of WW as it becomes about themselves. Fortunately, this doesn't ...more