Leaves of Grass | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by James Perrin Warren

This literature criticism consists of approximately 36 pages of analysis & critique of Leaves of Grass.
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Critical Essay by James Perrin Warren

SOURCE: "The 'Thought of the Ensemble': Whitman's Theory of Language," in Walt Whitman's Language Experiment, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1990, pp. 7-33.

In the following essay, Warren maintains that, through works such as Leaves of Grass and in several essays, Whitman established a theory of languageone directly connected with literature and linguistic development and specifically focused on the significant role of literature in effecting linguistic change and diversity.

This subject of language interests meinterests me: I never quite get it out of my mind. I sometimes think the Leaves is only a language experimentthat it is an attempt to give the spirit, the body, the man, new words, new potentialities of speechan American, a cosmopolitan (the best of America is the best cosmopolitanism) range of self-expression. The...

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