American literature | Critical Essay by Anthony X. Marriage

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of American literature.
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Critical Essay by Anthony X. Marriage

SOURCE: “Whitman's ‘This Compost,’ Beaudelaire's ‘A Carrion’: Out of Decay Comes an Awful Beauty,” Walt Whitman Review, Vol. 27, No, 4, December, 1981, pp. 143-49.

Below, Marriage compares Whitman's treatment of the theme of putrefaction with that of Charles Beaudelaire, concluding that “by dealing with the horror of the images of decay, these poets resurrect before man's eye the activity of life within death.”

When I arrived in England I was appalled at the British attitude to death. To die seemed almost an act of indecency—if you have fallen so low as to die, then there were special people who would come, undertakers, to pack and wrap you up for the funeral …

Why is there this morbid attitude toward death? In a natural way one does...

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