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Three American Poets: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville epub

by William Spengemann


Three American Poets: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville epub

ISBN: 0268041326

ISBN13: 978-0268041328

Author: William Spengemann

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: History & Criticism

Language: English

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st edition (April 30, 2010)

Pages: 232 pages

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Walt Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist.

Walt Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sensuality.

Spengemann, William C. Three American poets : Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville, William C. Spengemann. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. isbn-13: 978-0-268-04132-8 (pbk. : alk. paper) isbn-10: 0-268-04132-6 (pbk. paper) 1. American poetry 19th century History and criticism. 2. Modernism (Literature) America. 3. Whitman, Walt, Criticism and interpretation. 4. Dickinson, Emily, Criticism and interpretation. 5. Melville, Herman, Criticism and interpretation.

Three American Poets book. In Three American Poets, William C. Spengemann describes the very. Spengemann describes the very different sorts of poetry Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville wrote, their comparable reasons for writing as they did, and the posthumous critical effects of their having done so.

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two of the most famous poets from the time period who daringly revolutionized both the . Emily Dickinson, on the other hand, was very structured and conservative

Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are two of the most famous poets from the time period who daringly revolutionized both the subject and style of American poetry. While both are famous trailblazers the two are vastly different. Emily Dickinson, on the other hand, was very structured and conservative. She was born into an upper-class Calvinist family, which meant that she never had to work (Baym 80). She was sent to a religious boarding school, which she did not complete because she told her teachers that she had no hope (Baym 80).

Whitman's Modern song - Sorting with Emily Dickinson - Melville the poet. Personal Subject: Melville, Herman, 1819-1891-Criticism and interpretation. Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886-Criticism and interpretation. Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892-Criticism and interpretation. Subject Term: Modernism (Literature) - America. Describes the very different sorts of poetry Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville wrote, their comparable reasons for writing as they did, and the posthumous critical effects of their having done so. This book illuminates the poets' efforts to create verse equal to the demands of a changing nineteenth century.

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In Three American Poets, William C. Spengemann describes the very different sorts of poetry Whitman, Dickinson, and Melville wrote, their comparable reasons for writing as they did, and the posthumous critical effects of their having done so. By linking these utterly singular poets and their work--verse connected by shared qualities of oddity, complexity, and difficulty--Spengemann illuminates the poets' efforts to create verse equal to the demands of a changing nineteenth century. All three responded to a widespread sense of loss--loss, above all, of Christian understandings of the origins, nature, and purpose of human existence, both individual and collective. All three, too, regarded poetry as the sole means of dealing with that loss and of comprehending not only a changing world but the old world from which the new one had departed, and hence the connections between the vanished, discredited past, the baffling present, and the as yet inscrutable future. Spengemann suggests that the poetic eccentricities of Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson arose directly from their use of poetry as a vehicle of thought; each devised a poetic language either to attempt to recover a lost sense of assurance threatened by the collapse of traditional faith or to discover an altogether new ground of knowledge and being. Spengemann guides us in parsing their respective poetics with masterful readings closely attuned to diction, syntax, meter, and figure. His authoritative and empirical descriptions of the poets' verse and their respective characteristic aesthetics afford us heightened access to the poems and the pleasures peculiar to them, in the process making us better readers of poetry in general.