Whitman

Better Essays
There are many articles on the topic of Walt Whitman in NCLive. There are several that discuss that Whitman is an optimist. Specifically, the articles cited in this paper will examine Whitman and will shed light on his optimism.
Genoways, Ted. “Inventing Walt Whitman.” Virginia Quarterly Review. 81.2 (2005): 1-4.

MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. http://www.nclive.org/

Ted Genoways is the author of two books of poems and the literary history Walt Whitman and the Civil War. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and inclusion in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and Best American Travel Writing. He was editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review from 2003 to 2012, during which time he won six National Magazine Awards. Ted Genoways, of the Virginia Quarterly Review, asserts that Walt Whitman delivered American poetry out of the shadow of European literature ushering in a unique style of writing by stating, “So it was, on Independence Day 1855, not only American poetry but also the American artistic stance was born” (2). Whitman proved to be a visionary, breaking societal restraints by giving a refreshingly realistic perspective on life and diverting from the norm of nineteenth century society. He stood as an example of progress, carrying a special characteristic separating him from other poets of his time. Those who break the molds of society by providing realistic perspectives, such as Walt Whitman did, leave more of an impression on others. In the eighteen hundreds he obtained people’s interest in his writing by possessing a great deal of optimism regarding life and what the world has to offer. This attribute of Whitman is astonishing for his time when considering the society in which he belonged. This trait is illustrated in the poetic works he presents. In Song of Myself he exclaims, “The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me… the latter I translate into a



Cited: Birmingham, William. “Whitman’s Song of the Possible American Self.” Cross Currents 43.3 (1993): 341 Genoways, Ted. “Inventing Walt Whitman.” Virginia Quarterly Review. 81.2 (2005): 1-4. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2012. http://www.nclive.org/ Marovich, Beatrice Theological Review 92.2 (2010): 347-366. Acedemic Search Premier. Web. 15 Nov. 2012 http://www.nclive.org/ Stovall, Floyd. “Main Drifts in Whitman’s Poetry.” American Literature 4.1 (1932): 3-21 Academic Search Premier Ed. Nina Baym et al. 8th ed. Vol. C. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2007

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Powerful Essays

    Walt Whitman

    • 11745 Words
    • 47 Pages

    Old Walt Old Walt Whitman Went finding and seeking, Finding less than sought Seeking more than found, Every detail minding Of the seeking or the finding. Pleasured equally In seeking as in finding, Each detail minding, Old Walt went seeking And finding. Langston Hughes, 1954 from A Supermarket in California Where are we going Walt Whitman? The doors close in an hour. Which way does your beard point tonight? (I touch your book and dream of our odyssey in the supermarket and feel…

    • 11745 Words
    • 47 Pages
    Powerful Essays
  • Good Essays

    Dickinson and Whitman

    • 527 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are two poets that helped shape the way we think about poetry. While their backgrounds and writing styles were quite different, both Dickinson and Whitman challenged accepted forms of writing and are regarded today as important poets. Dickinson and Whitman had very different upbringings. Dickinson was raised in Amherst, Massachusetts, and had two siblings. She was always put in the best schools and even received a college education at Mount Holyoke. Her family…

    • 527 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Walt Whitman

    • 379 Words
    • 2 Pages

    I chose Walt Whitman for my biography report because Mr. Farlow said that if I wasn't going to take this class seriously and pick a real poet I might as well not come to class anymore. Walt Whitman was an awful child molester who was born in ancient Hong Kong. He is over 3,000 years old and remembers the names of all the forgotten Gods. Walt Whitman is 90 stories tall, and his adventures are legendary. With his blue ox, Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman traveled across young America and helped…

    • 379 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Thoreau Whitman and Emerson are each classified as writers of the transcendentalist movement. These three writers deeply admire nature and do not view it simply as a beautiful landscape, instead they look past the superficial aspects of nature in order to find the keys in which to live a right…

    • 51 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    whitman&emily

    • 2478 Words
    • 10 Pages

    Walt Whitman Walt Whitman revolutionized American poetry. Responding to Emerson’s call in “The Poet” (1842) for an American bard who would address all “the facts of the animal economy, sex, nutriment, gestation, birth,” he put the living, breathing, sexual body at the center of much of his poetry, challenging conventions of the day. Responding to Emerson’s call for a “metre-making argument,” he rejected traditions of poetic scansion and elevated diction, improvising the form that has come…

    • 2478 Words
    • 10 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Meg Whitman

    • 412 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Meg Whitman, CEO of EBay, started her career by learning from numerous companies. She was often the new employee in many organizations. She began her career in brand management at Proctor & Gamble. This is where she learned the very valuable listen that customers come first. Then, Whitman went on to be a business management consultant for Bain. Bain was a decentralized environment. Meg Whitman learned that collaborating with others is a better way to get things done then controlling your employees…

    • 412 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Charles Whitman

    • 681 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Charles Whitman Jonathan Greene Forsyth Technical Community College Abstract Research has been extensive related to the brain and how it functions since early times. This abstract will explore the connection between the amygdala and a prominent legal case that happened in 1966 with Charles Whitman (Ledoux par 3). In his early life, Charles was a model child. He was born in 1941, and raised in Florida where he was an eagle scout and was a straight A student (Ledoux par3). He joined the…

    • 681 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Better Essays

    Walt whitman

    • 1049 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Very few people will contest that Walt Whitman may be one of the most important and influential writers in American literary history and conceivably the single most influential poet. However many have claimed that Whitman’s writing is so free form as evident in his 1855 Preface to Leaves of Grass and Song of Myself that it has no style. The poetic structures he uses are unconventional but reflect his very democratic ideals towards America. Although Whitman’s writing does not include a structure that…

    • 1049 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Good Essays

    Poe and Whitman

    • 502 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Poe + Whitman Poe 1. Edgar Allan Poe’s figurative language, such as personifying science as something that preys, gives his presentation of science a negative effect. It is plausible to believe that Poe is angry with science in some kind of way, claiming it “preyest thou thus along the poet’s heart” and he asks, “How should he love thee? or how deem thee wise?” 2. According to Poe’s speaker, science has done nothing for him except preyed on him and over-analyzed the simplicity of all the things…

    • 502 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Mag Whitman

    • 737 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Meg Whitman and eBay, Inc. Introduction: This case is a presentation of Strategic Management. In particular, it focuses on Meg Whitman, and her leadership of eBay, Inc. through a period of record growth. Who: Meg Whitman, the current President and CEO of eBay, Inc., was raised on Long Island as the youngest of three children. She earned a B.A. in economics from Princeton in 1977, and her MBA from Harvard Business School two years later. Before she was chosen for her role at eBay, she worked…

    • 737 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays