Abstract

Forging a unified whole out of the manifold aspects of experience and contemplation as an essential feature of creativity characterize Mikhail Bakhtin’s philosophical elaboration of authoring in his early work and Walt Whitman’s thematic concerns and poetic practice in “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” Reading Whitman through Bakhtin allows us to avoid the general tendency to gloss over one or more parts of the poem, and to bring to the foreground the poet’s careful thought process, orderly sequencing of the sections, and development of an intuitively coherent meaning.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. A142-A155
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-23
Open Access
No
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