American Bards: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet: Walt Whitman and Other Unlikely Candidates for National Poet

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 264 pages
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Walt Whitman has long been regarded as the quintessential American bard, the poet who best represents all that is distinctive about life in the United States. Whitman himself encouraged this view, but he was also quick to remind his readers that he was an
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Poet of Slaves
21
2 Poet of a New American Religion
67
3 The First White Aboriginal
113
4 An American One of the Roughs a Kosmos
155
Notes
191
Bibliography
213
Index
235
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Edward Whitley is assistant professor of English and director of American studies at Lehigh University.

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