Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

Günter Leypoldt

in Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635740
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651658 | DOI:
Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

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This chapter discusses Whitman's concept of poetic lawlessness, which shifts from primitivist and professionalist conceptions of literary expression; examines Whitman's post-Kantian voice; and then looks at his uses of historicism. The next section studies cultural consistency and Whitman's influence on American style, followed by a discussion of the form–content distinction, natural prose, liberated perception, and democratic realism.

Keywords: poetic lawlessness; literary expression; primitivist conceptions; professionalist conceptions; post-Kantian voice; historicism; cultural consistency; form–content distinction; democratic realism; liberated perception

Chapter.  10577 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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