Tag Archives: Leaves of Grass

Whitman, Melville & Abolitionism

Walt Whitman and Herman Melville’s revolutionary visions of egalitarian societies shaped how Abolitionists thought about America’s potential.

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Whitman’s Blast of Green Grace

Scott Bates’ homage to Walt Whitman tells of amorous encounters from the grass’s point of view.

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Roger Ebert’s Kinship with Whitman

In reflecting on death and dying, Roger Ebert turned to literature rather than to film.

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Depressed about Politics? Read Whitman

Marilynne Robinson turns to Whitman to argue that American Democracy’s greatness lies in how it honors the individual soul.

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Walt Whitman as Suicide Prevention

At a time when he was feeling depressed and suicidal, Michael Bourne discovered that Walt Whitman could get him to step beyond his “endless, self-constructed maze of Self.”

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