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Animism in Whitman : "Multitudes" of interpretation? /

by Woodbury, Rachelle Helene

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Walt Whitman used animistic techniques in his poetry and prose, specifically "Song of the Redwood Tree," "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and Specimen Days. The term animism can be traced to the Latin root of the word, anime, which connotes a "soul" or "vitality." So, when one is talking about animistic techniques, one is speaking of the (metaphoric or realistic) ensoulment of natural objects. In the wake of a growing global crisis modern scholarship has begun reexamining the implications of this belief; often it introduces ambiguities into an otherwise comfortable relationship of unquestioned human domination.
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School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:whitman walt 1819 1892 animism in literature nature animistic poetry song of the redwood tree out cradle endlessly rocking specimen days voice and poet american

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