Song of Myself: A Sourcebook and Critical Edition / Edition 1

Song of Myself: A Sourcebook and Critical Edition / Edition 1

by Walt Whitman
     
 

Since 1855, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an American. This sourcebook and critical edition provides easy access to:

* information on the contexts of Whitman's

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Overview

Since 1855, Walt Whitman's Song of Myself has been enjoyed, debated, parodied and imitated by readers, critics and artists crossing national and linguistic boundaries. Many argue that it is the most influential poem ever written by an American. This sourcebook and critical edition provides easy access to:

* information on the contexts of Whitman's work, including biographical details and a chronology
* an overview of the critical reception of the poem and extracts from important criticism, reprinted with clear introductory headnotes
* key passages from the original 1855 edition, with commentary and annotation
* the full 'final' 1881 edition of the poem.

Cross-references link the critical, contextual and textual sections of the volume, encouraging an integrated understanding of this creative and controversial text. Complementing a wealth of material with suggestions for further reading, this volume is ideal for readers with no knowledge of the poem, or for those returning anew to a favourite text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415275446
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Routledge Guides to Literature Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1Contexts7
Contextual overview9
Chronology18
Contemporary documents24
Directory of contextual figures30
2Interpretations35
Nineteenth-century responses and criticism38
Twentieth-century responses and criticism74
3Key passages and full text115
Approaching the text117
Key passages126
Full 1881-82 text141
4Further reading197

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