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The Resource A place for humility : Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world, by Christine Gerhardt

A place for humility : Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world, by Christine Gerhardt

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A place for humility : Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world
Title
A place for humility
Title remainder
Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world
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by Christine Gerhardt
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman are widely acknowledged as two of America's foremost nature poets, primarily due to their explorations of natural phenomena as evocative symbols for cultural developments, individual experiences, and poetry itself. Yet for all their metaphorical suggestiveness, Dickinson's and Whitman's poems about the natural world neither preclude nor erase nature's relevance as an actual living environment. In their respective poetic projects, the earth matters both figuratively, as a realm of the imagination, and also as the physical ground that is profoundly affected by human action. This double perspective, and the ways in which it intersects with their formal innovations, points beyond their traditional status as curiously disparate icons of American nature poetry. That both of them not only approach nature as an important subject in its own right, but also address human-nature relationships in ethical terms, invests their work with important environmental overtones. Dickinson and Whitman developed their environmentally suggestive poetics at roughly the same historical moment, at a time when a major shift was occurring in American culture's view and understanding of the natural world. Just as they were achieving poetic maturity, the dominant view of wilderness was beginning to shift from obstacle or exploitable resource to an endangered treasure in need of conservation and preservation. A Place for Humility examines Dickinson's and Whitman's poetry in conjunction with this important change in American environmental perception, exploring the links between their poetic projects within the context of developing nineteenth-century environmental thought. Christine Gerhardt argues that each author's poetry participates in this shift in different but related ways, and that their involvement with their culture's growing environmental sensibilities constitutes an important connection between their disparate poetic projects. There may be few direct links between Dickinson's "letter to the World" and Whitman's "language experiment," but via a web of environmentally-oriented discourses, their poetry engages in a cultural conversation about the natural world and the possibilities and limitations of writing about it-a conversation in which their thematic and formal choices meet on a surprising number of levels. "--
  • "A Place for Humility examines Dickinson's and Whitman's poetry in conjunction with this important change in environmental perception, and explores the links between their poetic projects in the context of developing nineteenth-century environmental thought. Gerhardt argues that Dickinson's and Whitman's poetry participates in this shift in different but related ways, and that their involvement with their culture's growing environmental sensibilities constitutes an important connection between their disparate poetic projects"--
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811.009/36
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Index
index present
LC call number
PS3242.N2
LC item number
G47 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Iowa Whitman series
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A place for humility : Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world, by Christine Gerhardt
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-243) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiii, 268 pages
Isbn
9781609382711
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2014006256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(OCoLC)ocn904412130
Label
A place for humility : Whitman, Dickinson, and the natural world, by Christine Gerhardt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-243) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xiii, 268 pages
Isbn
9781609382711
Isbn Type
(pbk)
Lccn
2014006256
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)ocn904412130

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