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Walt Whitman

(1819—1892) American poet

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Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg  

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(1926–1997)US poet and leading figure of the Beat group of writers, who first came to prominence in the 1950s.The son of poor Jewish immigrants from Russia, Ginsberg was born in Newark, New Jersey, ...
American Literature

American Literature  

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This entry contains two subentries: An Overview, Sea FictionAmerican sea literature has roots in Greek, Roman, Irish, and Norse mythology, the Bible, and the English Renaissance, whenever humans have ...
Anne Gilchrist

Anne Gilchrist  

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(1828–85)Née Burrows, daughter of upper‐class parents who encouraged her education, and the wife of Alexander Gilchrist (1828–61), author of a Life of Etty (1855) and a life of the ...
antebellum

antebellum  

Occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War.
Arthur Bliss

Arthur Bliss  

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(b London, 2 Aug. 1891; d London, 27 Mar. 1975)British composer. He was closely associated with the early years of Sadler's Wells Ballet, for which he wrote the music for de Valois's Checkmate (1937, ...
By Blue Ontario's Shore

By Blue Ontario's Shore  

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Poem by Whitman, first published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass as “Poem of Many in One.” Formed partly from the prose preface of 1855, it was reprinted in 1867 as “As I Sat Alone by Blue ...
Carl Sandburg

Carl Sandburg  

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(1878–1967),American poet, who challenged contemporary taste by his use of colloquialism and free verse. He published Chicago Poems (1916), Cornhuskers (1918), Smoke and Steel (1920), Slabs of the ...
Chanting the Square Deific

Chanting the Square Deific  

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Poem by Whitman, published in the Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865–66) and added to the 1867 edition of Leaves of Grass.This expression of Whitman's religious thought is presented in four stanzas, each ...
Charles Olson

Charles Olson  

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(1910–70),born in Massachusetts, educated at Harvard, first became known for Call Me Ishmael (1947), a rhapsodic study of Melville, including Shakespeare's influence on him, but subsequently became ...
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry  

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Poem by Whitman, published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass as “Sun-Down Poem” and given its present title in 1860. Based on the author's reminiscences of life in Brooklyn and the trip across ...
Democratic Vistas

Democratic Vistas  

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Prose pamphlet by Whitman, published in 1871, incorporating earlier essays. It was reprinted in Two Rivulets (1876).The main themes are the ideals of democracy and individualism, which the author ...
Drum-Taps

Drum-Taps  

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Poems by Whitman, published in 1865, containing descriptive scenes at the front and in Washington hospitals during the Civil War, as well as “Pioneers! O Pioneers!” A small supplement, issued after ...
Edgar Lee Masters

Edgar Lee Masters  

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(?1868–1950)American writer, born in Kansas, who is best known for his collection of poems Spoon River Anthology (1915), which consists of dramatic monologues spoken from beyond the grave by ...
Edward Carpenter

Edward Carpenter  

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(1844–1929),became fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and curate to F. D. Maurice. In 1874 he abandoned fellowship and orders and moved north, eventually settling at Millthorpe, near Chesterfield, ...
Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson  

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(1830–86),American poet, who gradually withdrew into an inner world, eventually, in her forties, refusing to leave her home, although she maintained intimate correspondence with people she never saw ...
Facing West from California's Shores

Facing West from California's Shores  

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Poem by Whitman, published in the “Children of Adam” section of Leaves of Grass (1860), and given its present title in the 1867 edition.The poet, “a child, very old … long having wander'd,” ...
Franklin Evans

Franklin Evans  

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Temperance tract by Whitman.
Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius  

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(1862–1934)British composer of German parentage. He was created CH in 1929.Born in Bradford, the son of a successful naturalized wool merchant, Delius was persuaded to enter his father's business and ...
free verse

free verse  

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A term loosely used from the early years of the 20th cent. to describe many forms of irregular, syllabic, or unrhymed verse, freed from the traditional demands of metre: also known as vers libre. The ...
Good-Bye, My Fancy

Good-Bye, My Fancy  

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Poems and prose by Whitman, published in 1891. The verse is reprinted in the final edition of Leaves of Grass and the prose in the Complete Writings (1902).

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