Download PDF by Edward Whitley: American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates

By Edward Whitley

Walt Whitman has lengthy been considered as the necessary American bard, the poet who top represents all that's particular approximately existence within the usa. Whitman himself inspired this view, yet he used to be additionally speedy to remind his readers that he was once an not likely candidate for the workplace of nationwide poet, and that his working-class upbringing and radical tackle human sexuality frequently positioned him at odds with American tradition. whereas American literary heritage has tended to credits Whitman with having invented the personality of the nationwide outsider because the nationwide bard, Edward Whitley recovers 3 of Whitman's contemporaries who followed related personae: James M. Whitfield, an African American separatist and abolitionist; Eliza R. Snow, a Mormon pioneer and women's chief; and John Rollin Ridge, a Cherokee journalist and Native-rights suggest.

These 3 poets not just offer a counterpoint to the Whitmanian character of the outsider bard, yet in addition they reframe the factors through which generations of students have characterised Whitman as America's poet. This attempt to resituate Whitman's position in American literary background offers an leading edge point of view at the such a lot regular poet of the us and the tradition from which he emerged.

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