Whitman’s Poetry

Walt Whitman

Suggestions for Further Reading


How to Cite This SparkNote

Beach, Christopher. The Politics of Distinction: Whitman and the Discourses of Nineteenth-Century America. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1996.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Walt Whitman. Broomall, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 1999.

Erkkila, Betsy and Jay Grossman. Breaking Bounds: Whitman and American Cultural Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.

Greenspan, Ezra, ed. Cambridge Companion to Walt Whitman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Mancuso, Luke. The Strange Sad War Revolving: Walt Whitman, Reconstruction, and the Emergence of Black Citizenship, 1865-1876. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1997.

Morris, Roy. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Schmidgall, Gary. Walt Whitman: A Gay Life. Dutton, New York, 1997.

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. New York: Bantam Books, 1983.

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Q. Critically appreciate the poem When Lilacs Last at the Dooryard Bloome'd.

by touhidsm, May 03, 2014

Ans: "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd- is an elegy on the death of Abraham Lincoln, though it never mentions the president by name. Like most elegies, it develops from the personal (the death of Lincoln and the poet's grief) to the impersonal (the death of "all of you" and death itself); from an intense feeling of grief to the thought of reconciliation. The poem, which is one of the finest Whitman ever wrote, is a dramatization of this feeling of loss. This elegy is grander and more touching than Whitman's other two elegies on Linco... Read more


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