By Christine Gerhardt
Dickinson and Whitman built their environmentally suggestive poetics at approximately an analogous ancient second, at a time whilst a tremendous shift used to be taking place in American culture’s view and knowing of the wildlife. simply as they have been reaching poetic adulthood, the dominant view of wasteland was once commencing to shift from quandary or exploitable source to an endangered treasure short of conservation and preservation.
A position for Humility examines Dickinson’s and Whitman’s poetry at the side of this significant swap in American environmental conception, exploring the hyperlinks among their poetic tasks in the context of constructing nineteenth-century environmental concept. Christine Gerhardt argues that every author's poetry participates during this shift in several yet comparable methods, and that their involvement with their culture’s transforming into environmental sensibilities constitutes a big connection among their disparate poetic initiatives. there is few direct hyperlinks among Dickinson’s “letter to the area” and Whitman’s “language experiment,” yet through an online of environmentally-oriented discourses, their poetry engages in a cultural dialog in regards to the flora and fauna and the chances and obstacles of writing approximately it—a dialog during which their thematic and formal offerings meet on a stunning variety of levels.
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A Place for Humility: Whitman, Dickinson, and the Natural World (Iowa Whitman Series) by Christine Gerhardt