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Whitman's linguistic intent

Whitman's intent was both to record and to invent American English as a democratic medium.

Betsy Erkkila, Whitman the Political Poet.

2

the first great poet

Whitman "is the first great poet of the American vernacular"

Robert Johnstone, Walt Whiman: An Encyclopedia

3

Whitman's conception of the American language

words "borrowed plentifully from each of the languages that graft the English language"

Whitman, "An American Primer"

4

Whitman on blank verse

I have a particular abhorrence of blank verse, but I cling to rhythm

1880 interview

5

Henry James about Whitman

There is not even by accident a line with a hint of style - it is all flat, familiar, affectionate, illiterate colloquy.

Henry James, review of Calamus

6

Barthes

L'écriture, c'est ce neutre, ce composite, cet oblique où fuit notre sujet, le noir-et-blanc où vient se perdre toute identité, à commencer par celle-là même du corps qui écrit.

La mort de l'auteur

7

les participes

"participle-loving Whitman"

Ezra Greenspan, The Poetics of "Participle-Loving Whitman"

8

geography

America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination

Emerson, The Poet

9

Eye

I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all.

Emerson, Nature.

10

American mythology

LG as "the starting point for a new, uniquely American mythology" an attempt to "fabricate an 'American epic'"

Slotkin, Regeneration Through Violence

11

Lg & the Bible

“Leaves of Grass – Bible of the new religion.”

Whitman in a notebook

12

from poet-prophet to poet-historian

Betsy Erkkila

13

Whitman's "spermatic imagination"

Harold Aspiz