American literature | Critical Essay by Helen Vendler

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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Critical Essay by Helen Vendler

SOURCE: “Whitman's ‘When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd,’” in Textual Analysis: Some Readers Reading, edited by Mary Anne Caws, The Modern Langauge Association of America, 1986, pp. 132-43.

In the following essay, Vendler examines the various influences on Whitman's style in his “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd” and stresses his “de-Christianizing” of the elegy form.

“When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd” is one of six elegies that Whitman wrote for Lincoln. Two of them were rejected from Leaves of Grass;1 he printed the other four together (1871 Second Issue) under the general title “Memories of President Lincoln.” This group title is in fact misleading; there are no “memories” of Lincoln—of...

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