Synopses & Reviews
"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.
I know of no more convincing proof of Walt Whitmans impact upon the poetic mind (both at home and abroad) than this collection of tributes by poetsin prose and verse. Its value is aesthetic, critical, and historical, with a fine scholarly and perceptive introduction by Ed Folsom and a chronological bibliography of poems to and about Whitman. If the list is not complete (for all countries), it is nearly so; the most comprehensive in print. This book makes a major contribution to Walt Whitman criticism and scholarship. On second thought, Ill call it colossal!”Gay Wilson Allen
This is a book to browse, to study, to cherish; for, as much as any one book can, it lets the reader know who and what Whitman was and still isa vital presence.”Choice, Outstanding Academic Book citation
Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song measures not only the great shadow that Whitman casts over 20th century poetry but also the usefulness of the kind of small press operation that produced this remarkable collection.”Jerome Loving, American Literary Scholarship
The authenticity of Whitmans vocation accounts for why his admirers have always responded in extraordinary ways to him
. Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, a remarkable anthology edited by Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion, is a record of precisely this
. What is striking is the continuity of love expressed in all thisgushing, reserved, off the wall, begrudging, levelheaded, scholarly, ecstatic, yet love nonetheless.”Village Voice Literary Supplement
Sometimes readers open literary anthologies only to find jewels in disarray
. Not so this fine volume from Holy Cow! Press. Out of Americas heartland, the terrain celebrated in Whitmans Song of the Prairies, comes one of the most vital anthologies of recent time. The avowals and expressions in this fascinating anthology record the liberating power for other poets of Whitmans compassionate vision of a universalized self.”Christian Science Monitor
Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song is the most impressive Whitman collection ever made, and there have been many, many of them.”C. Carroll Hollis
"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, 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 career..."), this 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.
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.