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Symbolism in the Poetry of Poe and Whitman

 
Santosh Kumari Srivastava (Author)
Synopsis S.K. Srivastava’s perceptive and sensitive study of the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe and Walt Whitman considers their work in a historical perspective. To begin with, Srivastava defines the essential terminology of her investigation. The nature and meaning of signs and symbols, and the movements of symbolism and Transcendentalism are clearly explained. The principal doctrines of New England Transcendentalism and the literary efforts of the Symbolists are elucidated before the major section of the book is taken up. Edgar Allen Poe’s metaphysics, his conception of imagination and the process of poetic creation, his ideas on beauty and his theory of poetry are outlined in the first part of the chapter on the writer. This is followed by a detailed examination of some of Poe’s major poetry on varied themes such as love, death, loneliness and dreams. In a well-constructed chapter on Walt Whitman, Srivastava investigates Whitman’s philosophy, his concept of a poet and poetry, the Self and Democracy. Among the poems that Srivastava has selected to illustrate Whitman’s art are those on sex, unity and identity, the purpose of creation and the real meaning of death. Symbolism in the Poetry of Poe and Whitman is an effort on a difficult subject.
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About the author

Santosh Kumari Srivastava

The Author of Symbolism in the Poetry of Poe and Whitman, Dr. S.K. Srivastava is a specialist in nineteenth century american poetry. Apart from the two poets, Edgar allen Poe and Walt Whitman, Dr. Srivastava has worked on the poetry of Emerson and Dr. Srivastava has taught English to under graduate and Post-graduate students for more than eighteen years at the universities of Bombay, Agra, Ranchi and Sambalpur, apart from the Dyalbagh Educational Institute at Agra where she is currently a lecturer.

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Bibliographic information

Title Symbolism in the Poetry of Poe and Whitman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1988
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8185135339
length viii+128p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.