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dc.contributor.authorWelty, Ward P.
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-18T18:23:24Z
dc.date.available2008-09-18T18:23:24Z
dc.date.issued1980-11
dc.identifier.other1980 .W469
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2092/779
dc.description99 leaves. Advisor: Amberys Whittleen
dc.description.abstractAlthough the persona of "Song of Myself" has been the subject of a great deal of critical scholarship, there is general disagreement among the critics regarding the "I" of Whitman's poem. Four major strands of critical thought regarding the persona are evident in the literary criticism, and I have categorized these critical perspectives as follows: (1) the persona as hero, (2) the persona as dualistic self, (3) the persona as protean self, and (4) the persona as kosmos. Each critical strand of thought is examined in light of the text of "Song of Myself" in order to determine its logic, appropriateness, and defensibility. The argument is advanced that the idea of the persona of "Song of Myself" as a kosmos is the most appropriate critical conceptualization because of its comprehensiveness and cohesiveness. The use of the persona of "Song of Myself" as a metaphor for the cosmos provides unity in the poem and is its central metaphor.en
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherDrake Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDrake University, School of Graduate Studies;1980
dc.subjectAmerican literatureen
dc.subjectPoetryen
dc.subjectWhitman, Walt, 1819-1892--Song of myselfen
dc.titleWalt Whitman, Kosmos : A Study of the Persona of "Song of Myself"en
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