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"What is the grass?": The Roots of Walt Whitman's Cemetery Meditation

Author: Desirée Henderson

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Examines the significance of the cemetery for Whitman, seeking to "locate the roots of Whitman's idyllic poetic space in the real space of the rural cemetery" by examining nineteenth-century "cemetery literature" and by analyzing how rural cemeteries--particularly Brooklyn's Mount Auburn and Green-wood cemeteries--were covered in periodicals of the era, including in Whitman's own journalism; argues that Whitman made "innovative use of the rural cemetery" in his poetry.

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Henderson, D., (2008) “"What is the grass?": The Roots of Walt Whitman's Cemetery Meditation”, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 25(3), 89-107. doi: https://doi.org/10.13008/2153-3695.1841

Rights: Copyright © 2008 Desirée Henderson

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01 Jan 2008
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