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Walt Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry by Karen Karbiener

Walt Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry

by Karen Karbiener

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In this course, Walt Whitman and the Birth of Modern American Poetry, we'll explore how Walt Whitman broke with the tyranny of European literary forms to establish a broad, new voice for American poetry. By throwing aside the stolid conventions and clichéd meters of old Europe, Walt Whitman produced a vital, compelling form of verse, one expressive of the nature of his new world and its undiscovered countries, both physical and spiritual, intimate and gloriously public. Passionate democracy is what Whitman called his invention, and like the inventions of Edison, it would transform not only the practices of its field but also the larger dimensions of American life. Whitman named what it was to be American, he catalogued and indexed and sang and scribed it, and his influence on his contemporaries and his descendants transcends the boundaries of poetry and becomes, in many ways, the story of young America.

Lecture 1 "Listener up there!": Whitman Springs Off the Page

Lecture 2 The Revolution of the First Edition: Whitman's Leaves of Grass

Lecture 3 Emerson, Whitman, and the Beginnings of an Original American Literature

Lecture 4 Manhattan's Son Rises

Lecture 5 Sex Is the Root of It All

Lecture 6 Whitman's Civil War

Lecture 7 Banned in Boston: Whitman and Censorship

Lecture 8 Glancing Back, Looking Forward: Whitman and the Promise of America

Lecture 9 Whitman Among the Moderns

Lecture 10 I, Too, Sing America: Black Voices Respond to Whitman

Lecture 11 From "Barbaric Yawp" to "Howl"

Lecture 12 Whitman, Visual Poetics, and the New York School

Lecture 13 Singing the Songs: Whitman's Impact on Modern American Music

Lecture 14 I Stop Somewhere Waiting for You: Whitman's Enduring Presence

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