By David S. Reynolds
Few authors are so like minded to old learn as Whitman, who's greatly thought of America's maximum poet. This advisor combines modern cultural experiences and old scholarship to light up Whitman's assorted contexts. The essays discover dimensions of Whitman's dynamic courting to working-class politics, race and slavery, sexual mores, the visible arts, and the assumption of democracy. The poet who emerges from this quantity isn't any "solitary singer," distanced from his tradition, yet what he himself known as "the age transfigured," totally enmeshed in his occasions and addressing matters which are nonetheless very important this present day.
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Dubbing Woodbury "Devil's Den" and "Purgatory Fields," he wrote with exasperation, "O damnation, damnation! "14 Although he would later famously sing praise to the worth of ordinary people, at this point they struck him as ill-bred and repulsive. Whitman's snobbish attitude in the Woodbury letters corresponds with his appearance in the earliest surviving daguerreotype of him, which shows a dandyish young man in a dark frock coat, with a fashionable black hat, a heavily polished cane, and a look of slightly disdainful sophistication.
Roe," Walt Whitman Fellowship Papers 14 (Philadelphia: Apr. 1895): 81-87. 13. Scudder Whitney to Lotte Rees, letter of August 18, 1906. Y. 14. Citations from the Woodbury letters are from Arthur Golden, "Nine Early Whitman Letters, 1840-1841," American Literature 58 (Oct. 1986): 342-60. 15. , 1966), and Reynolds, Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography (New York: Knopf, 1995), 70-72. 16. NUPM, 1:217. 17. Golden, "Nine Early Letters," 357. 18. NUPM, I:169. 19. WWC, II:283. 20. LGC, 473. 21.
First O Songs for a Prelude," LGC, 281. 67. PW,I:6o. 68. PW,II:5o8. 69. Peter Doyle to Whitman, letter of September 27, 1868. Morgan Library (New York). 70. WWC, IV:195. 71. WWC, III:543. 72. NUPM, II:888-89. 73. TC, V:72. 74. TC, I:247. 75. PW,II:370. 76. Oliver Stevens to James R. Osgood, letter of March 1, 1882. Feinberg Collection, Library of Congress. 1 But Whitman was a poet embedded in his times, and his times—not unlike our own—were a period of intense disagreement about the significance and importance of racial difference.