A Political Companion to Walt Whitman (Political Companions by John E. Seery

By John E. Seery

The works of Walt Whitman were defined as masculine, female, postcolonial, homoerotic, city, natural, distinctive, and democratic, but arguments in regards to the quantity to which Whitman may possibly or could be thought of a political poet have not begun to be totally faced. a few students fail to remember Whitman's knowing of democracy, insisting on setting apart his own works from his political works. A Political spouse to Walt Whitman is the 1st full-length exploration of Whitman's works throughout the lens of political idea. Editor John E. Seery and a suite of well-liked theorists and philosophers discover the political information of Whitman's poetry and prose, interpreting his religion within the capability of people, his demand a revolution in literature and political tradition, and his trust within the chance of mixing heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political significant other to Walt Whitman reaches past literature into political idea, revealing the ideology at the back of Whitman's demand the emergence of yankee poets of democracy.

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Sec. 25) If honest, one becomes almost another to oneself. By far the most important result would be that the passion to judge, condemn, and punish others is reduced and replaced, to a major degree, by the desire to accept or empathize or sympathize with them. If an individual is composite, it should become greatly more difficult to equate a person with any of his or her deeds, no matter how awful—perhaps, also, no matter how good. As he programatically says in “Great Are the Myths” (a poem that he dropped from the final edition): Whitman and the Culture of Democracy 31 What the best and worst did, we could do, What they felt, do we not feel it in ourselves?

Clearly, “Song of Myself’ is not asking us to pretend that we are indivisible. It is more than a matter of having aspects: soul, body, self, and personality. The (secular) soul itself is a crowded house. ) I read the odd and funny line, “It is time to explain myself—let us stand up” as a pleased reference to inner multiplicity (sec. 44). More famously, he says toward the end of the poem: Do I contradict myself? ) (sec. 51) Our potentialities are not only numberless but—and for that reason— conflicting.

If an individual is composite, it should become greatly more difficult to equate a person with any of his or her deeds, no matter how awful—perhaps, also, no matter how good. As he programatically says in “Great Are the Myths” (a poem that he dropped from the final edition): Whitman and the Culture of Democracy 31 What the best and worst did, we could do, What they felt, do we not feel it in ourselves? 10 I believe that the direct and the indirect lessons of the poem are great democratic lessons in connectedness.

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