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Cultural Authority in the Age of WhitmanA Transatlantic Perspective$
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Gunter Leypoldt

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635740

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635740.001.0001

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Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future

(p.101) Chapter 4 Walt Whitman and the Poetry of the Future
Cultural Authority in the Age of Whitman

Günter Leypoldt

Edinburgh University Press

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

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