Walt Whitman's spiritual epic

by Michael Robertson

Other authorsWalt Whitman (Author)
Pamphlet, 2008



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CP 395/1


Wallingford, Pa. : Pendle Hill Publications, 2008.

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LibraryThing member kaulsu
A very nice short (31 pp) segue into Leaves of Grass/Song of Myself. Robertson adds a biographical dimension to Whitman that makes his phenomenal poem even more interesting. I plan on using this pamphlet as an introduction to the poem for a small group discussion. The pamphlet includes a bibliography on "Whitman and Religion," including the author's book, _Worshipping Walt: The Whitman Disciples." Six "discussion questions" included at the end.… (more)
LibraryThing member QuakerReviews
Robertson writes this wonderful pamphlet on Whitman as primarily a religious poet of progressive 19th century religious ideas, and of the 1855 Song of Myself, the "single greatest poem in American literature," as a valuable spiritual resource for 21st century spiritual seekers. It is a "religious classic that transcends sectarian creeds and offers a democratic inclusive spirituality." Whitman's poetry was radically innovative in both form and content. Robertson, a Whitman scholar, analyzes the poem as Whitman's spiritual epic, exploring the beauty and immortality of the here and now. The pamphlet is a valuable and wonderful guide to reading the poem.
Robertson also mentions Whitman's various connections to Quakerism.
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Pendle Hill Pamphlet 395

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CP 395/1


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