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Silence and Denial: Walt Whitman and the Brooklyn Bridge

Author: Arthur Geffen

  • Silence and Denial: Walt Whitman and the Brooklyn Bridge

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    Silence and Denial: Walt Whitman and the Brooklyn Bridge

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Abstract

Exposes as pure conjecture statements from journalists to the effect that Whitman celebrated the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and demonstrates that Whitman's response was, surprisingly, silence, arguing that the reason for Whitman's lack of enthusiasm was his awareness that the bridge "endangered a world in which he had made deep personal investments," not the least of which was the enduring experience of crossing Brooklyn ferry in his poem, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry."

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Geffen, A., (1984) “Silence and Denial: Walt Whitman and the Brooklyn Bridge”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 1(4), 1-11. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1042

Rights: Copyright © 1984 Arthur Geffen

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01 Mar 1984
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