By John E. Seery
The works of Walt Whitman were defined as masculine, female, postcolonial, homoerotic, city, natural, distinctive, and democratic, but arguments concerning the quantity to which Whitman may possibly or may be thought of a political poet haven't begun to be absolutely faced. a few students put out of your mind Whitman's realizing of democracy, insisting on isolating his own works from his political works. A Political significant other to Walt Whitman is the 1st full-length exploration of Whitman's works during the lens of political concept. Editor John E. Seery and a set of well-known theorists and philosophers discover the political wisdom of Whitman's poetry and prose, examining his religion within the strength of people, his demand a revolution in literature and political tradition, and his trust within the risk of mixing heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political significant other to Walt Whitman reaches past literature into political idea, revealing the ideology in the back of Whitman's demand the emergence of yankee poets of democracy.
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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.
Contingency has a great share in realizing any potentiality. Souls, however, are the same: infinite potentialities. At this point, I should try to say something about the categories that 24 George K ateb Whitman uses or suggests in speaking of the different (so to speak, structural) aspects of the individual. 4 The key term is “soul”; it frequently occurs in “Song of Myself” and in all of Whitman’s work. It has both a secular meaning and a religious one, while the boundaries of the two meanings are not always distinct.
The poem is full of complexities. This democratic poem, like all of 22 George K ateb Whitman’s best work, is immensely difficult; it is only barely accessible. ”) perfectly suits “Song of Myself”: O little shells, so curious-convolute, so limpid-cold and voiceless, .................................................. Your tidings old, yet ever new and untranslatable. And if “Song of Myself” said—like any great work—unexpected things in its time, it remains—like any great work—altogether unexpected.