Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition (New York Review Books Poets)

Drum-Taps: The Complete 1865 Edition (New York Review Books Poets)

Lawrence Kramer


Walt Whitman labored as a nurse in a military sanatorium through the Civil warfare and released Drum-Taps, his warfare poems, because the struggle used to be coming to an finish. Later, the publication got here out in an elevated shape, together with “When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd,” Whitman's passionate elegy for Lincoln. the main relocating and enduring poetry to emerge from America’s such a lot tragic clash, Drum-Taps additionally helped to create a brand new, glossy poetry of conflict, a poetry not only of patriotic exhortation yet of somber witness. Drum-Taps is hence a relevant paintings not just of the Civil conflict yet of our war-torn times.

But Drum-Taps as readers understand it from Leaves of Grass isn't like the paintings of 1865. Whitman lower and reorganized the booklet, lowering its breadth of feeling and uncooked immediacy. This variation, the 1st to give the e-book in its unique shape considering its preliminary book a hundred and fifty years in the past, is a revelation, permitting considered one of Whitman’s maximum achievements to seem back in all its troubling glory.

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