By Charles M. Oliver
"Critical spouse to Walt Whitman" comprises entries on each one of Walt Whitman's poems, from the commonly famous "Song of Myself," "When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "Out of the Cradle perpetually Rocking," to his minor works. His significant prose works, comparable to "A Backward look O'er Travel'd Roads" and "Democratic Vistas", every one version of "Leaves of Grass", and distinct phrases used or coined by means of Whitman, comparable to "Eidolons" and "Paumanok," also are lined. supporting readers comprehend the impacts on his lifestyles are entries on Whitman's kinfolk, pals, family members, and pals; very important locations the place he lived and labored; and concepts vital to his paintings. a necessary reference consultant, this single-volume addition to the "Critical spouse" sequence promises a wealth of data at the lifestyles and works of this nice American writer.
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The 795 copies of the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855), had not sold well; and the second edition (1856), which included an additional 20 poems, had been an even greater disappointment. His father had died on July 11, 1855, a week after the first edition had gone on sale; although he had depended for moral support more from his mother, he nevertheless missed his father. ” He describes in Section 1 some of the tide’s leavings: “Scum, scales from shining rocks, leaves of saltlettuce,” and so on.
He described the lane from the farmhouse down to the creek as his new “hobby, . . ” And he wrote about the “spring under the willows—musical as soft-clinking glasses—pouring a sizable stream, thick as my neck, pure and clear . . gurgling, gurgling ceaselessly—meaning, saying something . . (if I could only translate it). . ” One of the Staffords’ sons, Harry STAFFORD, 18 years old at the time, replaced Peter Doyle in Whitman’s esteem during those years. Pete was working as a brakeman for the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad out of Washington, and although he still wrote occasional and loving letters to Walt, he was probably working longer hours than he had as a streetcar conductor.
A Critical Companion To Walt Whitman: A Literary Reference To His Life And Work by Charles M. Oliver