On Whitman (Writers on Writers)

On Whitman (Writers on Writers)

C. K. Williams


In this ebook, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. ok. Williams units apart the mass of biography and literary feedback that has amassed round the paintings and individual of Walt Whitman, and makes an attempt to return to Leaves of Grass as he first encountered it, to discover why Whitman's epic "continues to encourage and infrequently daunt" him. the result's a private reassessment and appreciation of 1 grasp poet through one other, in addition to an unconventional and great introduction--or reintroduction--to Whitman.

briefly, thematic chapters with many quotations from Leaves of Grass, Williams explores the options, originality, and sheer genius of the poetry that has develop into, as he places it, "the subconscious" of a lot of the poetry of the United States and the realm. Williams can pay specific cognizance to the tune of Whitman's poetry, its blazing notion and massive human sympathy, its affecting anecdotes, and its gigantic solid of characters, in addition to to the unconventional nature of Whitman's first-person speaker, his freeing angle towards intercourse, and his unconventional rules approximately demise. whereas conveying the singularities of Whitman's paintings, Williams additionally indicates what Whitman had in universal with different nice poets of his time, reminiscent of Baudelaire, and the strong impact Whitman had on later poets equivalent to Eliot and Pound.

fantastically written and wealthy with perception, this can be a ebook that refreshes our skill to work out Whitman in all his power.

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