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Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Songby Jim Perlman
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"I know of no more convincing proof of Wait Whitman's impact upon the poetic mind (both at home and abroad) than this collection of tributes by poets — in prose and verse". — Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer
"The selections are varied, strong, and often surprising and offer overwhelming proof of Whitman's triumphant achievement". — Justin Kaplan, Walt Whitman: A Life
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1981, this revised and expanded monumental anthology charts the ongoing international response to the legacy of the seminal American poet Wait Whitman (1819-1892). Beginning with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous 1855 letter, "I greet you at the beginning of a great career...", this attractively designed book contains responses from Henry David Thoreau, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Louis Simpson, Theodore Roethke, Robert Creeley, June Jordan, Robert Bly, and Meridel Le Sueur, among others, plus an engaging introduction by Ed Folsom, "Talking Back to Walt Whitman".
There are nearly 100 contributions, organized in a chronological fashion, interspersed with a portfolio of 18 little-known photographs of Whitman, and capped by an exhaustive bibliography of more than 300 poems and 125 essays of further responses to Whitman. In this series of responses to Whitman rather than scholarly studies of him, we see writers paying tribute to his work, expressing misgivings about it, appealing for aid or guidance, dissenting with one idea, agreeing with another. The most recent responses found here are by women and minority writers who acknowledge Whitman's liberating affection and egalitarian sensibility. One comes away from these writings with a clear sensethat Whitman's vision and artistry matter today and remain of basic use.
A monumental gathering of writings by over 60 authors (from Emerson to Rudolfo Anaya) that traces Whitman's continuing influence on world literature. Revised second edition.
A monumental gathering of writings by over 60 authors (from Emerson to Alexie) that traces Whitman's enduring influence.
First published to wide critical acclaim in 1981, this revised, expanded, and corrected second edition (2014) is a monumental anthology that 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 career..."), this new edition contains responses from Thoreau, Pound, Lawrence, Neruda, Borges, Ginsberg, Jordan, Duncan, Le Sueur, Rich, Snyder and Alexie, among many others.
"I know of no more convincing proof of Walt Whitman's impact upon the poetic mind (both at home and abroad) than this collection of tributes by poets — in prose and verse" — Gay Wilson Allen, The Solitary Singer.
Includes 17 black and white photos.
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