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Jillian for 10/1

I never realized how important a title was when it came to poetry. Last semester, in a class with Dr. Sill ,we had a class conversation about titles of chapters in novels.  Some of the students did not feel a chapter title was necessary, while others liked it as a form of foreshadowing.  I fell […] […]

Elizabeth for October 1st: Passion and the Act-Poem

Is it fair to write Whitman off as merely bawdy? If the highly explicit passages from Children of Adam and Calamus are noted, Whitman pulls no stops on shocking and exciting his readers with his revelations of the passion of lovers. But Whitman makes an explicit reference to a higher purpose in From Pent-up Aching Rivers–not […] […]

Emily for Sept 29

To continue with the playlist theme several of us have been riffing off of these past weeks, I will present a few of the many songs to which Whitman could relate. As I was reading “Children of Adam,” I was listening to Judas Priest quite a bit, so that inspired the idea for tonight’s post. […] […]

Christine for 10/1

I enjoyed reading both Children of Adam and Calamus but I do have to say that overall, I prefer Calamus and even further, I still like Song of Myself much better than these two texts. From Calamus, I was particulary drawn to a couple of the sections. The first was “Are You the New Person […] […]

Jennifer E. for Sept 29

I sing the Body Electric I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And corrupt them, and charge them full with the charge of the soul. Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies […] […]

Erin M. for Sept. 29th

Whitman Confronts Life Versus Death in “Scented Herbage of My Breast So, this week was the first week where I had trouble coming up with something to write about. That is, until I read Whitman’s poem “Scented Herbage of My Breast.” After reading it I wanted to write about it. With this work he again confronts the role […] […]

Brian for September 29 – Calamus, Ulysses, etc.

In an article for “The Chronicle Review,” published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Prof. Steven G. Kellman addresses the legacy of James Joyce’s Ulysses. A couple points from his article made me think I was reading a review of the Life and Writing of Walt Whitman: Joyce’s Ulysses, named the best English-language novel of […] […]

Whitman’s “war-paralysis” through Erkkila

In the critical review, Whitman the Political Poet, Betsy Erkkila writes how Whitman had suffered from a severe paralytic stroke that also led him to be hospitalized during the war time. There is also a claim that “his stroke was at least partly a result of the psychic demons that came to haunt him during […] […]

Whitman Found: More Levi’s Commercials

It’s really remarkable that Whitman has eased his way into modern society through Levi’s and US! Good timing! […]

Thoughts on “Whitman the Political Poet”

In excerpts from “Whitman the Political Poet” Besty Erkkila brings up some interesting points about Whitman’s complicated political dealings. In Chapter 1 she addresses one of the most popular myths about Whitman: that he transcended politics. I’ve noticed a curious tendency for Whitman to be deified by his many of his readers and scholars–that he speaks […] […]