By John E. Seery
The works of Walt Whitman were defined as masculine, female, postcolonial, homoerotic, city, natural, distinct, and democratic, but arguments in regards to the quantity to which Whitman might or could be thought of a political poet have not begun to be totally faced. a few students forget Whitman's realizing of democracy, insisting on keeping apart his own works from his political works. A Political better half 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 knowledge of Whitman's poetry and prose, reading his religion within the capability of people, his demand a revolution in literature and political tradition, and his trust within the threat of mixing heroic individualism with democratic justice. A Political significant other to Walt Whitman reaches past literature into political concept, revealing the ideology in the back of Whitman's demand the emergence of yank poets of democracy.
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But more important, he poetically conveys the need to sympathize with what is unattractive or even repellent. He makes poetic room for the homely, the unimportant, the obscure, the overlooked, the despised, the wicked, and the diseased. And all the while, of course, his constant appeal is for us to exercise recognition: to recognize that when one learns to perceive more beauty and feel more sympathy, one is only doing justice to oneself, to one’s composite nature. Just as I am more than others can take in, so are they more.
25) His sunrise is his power of poetical speech, a power to re-create the world as it is by articulating it. For all that, however, I think that he is doing something in “Song of Myself” that is divorceable from Emersonian metaphysics. Indeed, the preceding lines lend themselves to an existentialist rather than a Transcendentalist reading. It is not a matter of detecting similarity in the processes of mind and nature, but of discovering kinship between oneself and others (and the rest of nature).
I have made Whitman’s teaching cumbersome. Some less clumsy effort must nevertheless be faithful to its complexity. Whitman is not saying anything simple, and I think that despite occasional vagueness or inconsistency, he sustains his distinctions concerning the aspects of the individual throughout his work. William James’s great and intricate writing on the consciousness of self bears some important resemblances to Whitman’s understanding of aspects. The views of both stem from a will to democratize human self-conception.
A Political Companion to Walt Whitman (Political Companions to Great American Authors) by John E. Seery