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"Be radical-be radical-be not too damned radical!": The Origins and Resonance of Whitman's Signature Expression

Author: Kenneth M Price

  • "Be radical-be radical-be not too damned radical!": The Origins and Resonance of Whitman's Signature Expression

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    "Be radical-be radical-be not too damned radical!": The Origins and Resonance of Whitman's Signature Expression

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Abstract

Examines Whitman's fondness for "putting forth two assertions followed by a negation cutting against the grain of emphasis" and tracks the source of this pattern to Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Qveene, then suggests the larger ramifications of what Whitman called "the not-too-damned sure spirit."

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Price, K. M., (2004) “"Be radical-be radical-be not too damned radical!": The Origins and Resonance of Whitman's Signature Expression”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 22(2/3), 126-129. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1759

Rights: Copyright © 2004 Kenneth M Price

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01 Oct 2004
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