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A companion to Walt Whitman by Donald D. Kummings

By Donald D. Kummings

A significant other To Walt Whitman is an anthology of 35 unique essays written via prime 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 battle, to the original nuances of the first actual variation of "Leaves of Grass", A significant other To Walt Whitman is an erudite exploration of not just the works themselves and their mirrored image of Whitman's period, but additionally the precious insights they impart to provide and destiny generations. hugely recommended.

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In January 1873, Whitman suffered a stroke that paralyzed the left side of his body and forced him eventually to give up his clerkship at the Attorney General’s office. The experience was deeply frustrating: ‘‘it [is] so slow, so aggravating, to be disabled, so feeble, cannot walk nor do any thing’’ (Corr, 2: 208), he wrote to his mother. Around this time, his close friend John Burroughs left Washington for New York. It had been a terrible series of months, and then in the spring, on May 23, 1873, his mother died.

There are numerous noble reforms that have yet to be pressed upon the world. People are to be schooled, in opposition perhaps to their long established ways of thought . . and each paper, however humble, may do good in the ranks. , 2: 70–71). Whitman laid the blame on society not demanding and expecting more from journalists and settling instead for entertainment and novelty. In assessing the state of affairs, Whitman saw political parties utilizing journalism for the purpose of securing office holding and furthering party partisanship.

Whitmore’’ (Allen 1985: 281) listed among the wounded, and worried it was a misprinting of George’s name. George had written a letter that very day to let them know he was ‘‘safe and sound’’ (Whitman 1975: 75) except for a cheek wound, but Walt had already left to find his brother. On his way to the Washington army hospitals, Walt had his money stolen in Philadelphia. George, moreover, seemed to be in none of those hospitals. Luckily, Walt stumbled upon an abolitionist he had met in Boston while preparing Leaves of Grass, William Douglas O’Connor, who now worked for the federal government.

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