Lunar Light of Whitman's Poetry
By (author) M. Wynn Thomas
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Lunar Light of Whitman's Poetry by M. Wynn Thomas
Book DescriptionWalt Whitman stands freshly illuminated in this powerful portrait of the poet responding to his times.Whitman's idealistic expectations of democracy were painfully eroded by the rapidly expanding urban capitalism that, before the Civil War, increasingly threatened the economic and political power of the ordinary American. His poetry during this, his most fruitful period, became the indispensable medium allowing him to adjust to these developments. He succeeded in portraying this modern society as an invigorating natural extension of the artisanal order. After the war, however, American capitalism advanced at a pace that made it impossible for Whitman to redeem it through his poetry. His imagination defeated by realities, he invested more and more in dreams of the future, while his poetry turned to the past, Memory emerging as a central figure.In this many-sided analysis Thomas relates Whitman's work to American painting of the period; examines the poet's evocation of nature, which he sometimes saw as a challenge to man's confidence in himself; documents the revisions and additions Whitman made to "Leaves of Grass" in order to demonstrate that "my Book and the War are One"; and pays sympathetic attention to the postwar poetry, usually slighted.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674539525
(241mm x 162mm x 29mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1987
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author M. Wynn Thomas
Nations of Wales: 1890-1914, Hardback (May 2016)
This book argues that several competing images of Welshness were put in circulation during the Victorian and Edwardian decades, and proceeds to examine several of the most influential of these as they took the form of literary texts.
R.S. Thomas, Paperback (February 2013)
The study places the work of a major religious poet of the late twentieth century in a number of striking new perspectives that allow him to be viewed for the first time as an 'alternative' war poet, a conscience-stricken pacifist, a jealously opportunistic student of art, and an experimental biographer of the modern soul.
In the Shadow of the Pulpit, Paperback (October 2009)
Ranging from the nineteenth century to the present, this book explores several central aspects of the ways in which the English-language poetry and fiction of Wales has responded to what was, for a crucial period of a century or so, the dominant culture of Wales: the culture of Welsh nonconformity.
Page's Drift, Paperback (February 1995)» View all books by M. Wynn Thomas
This collection of essays was specially commissioned to celebrate R.S. Thomas's 80th birthday. The subjects range across the Thomas canon, from his Welsh farmer persona, Iago Prytherch, to a comparison with Dylan Thomas. Contributors include Walford Davies and Helen Vendler.
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