Passionate democracy is what Whitman called his invention, and like the inventions of Edison, it would transform not only the practices of its field but also the larger dimensions of American life. Whitman named what it was to be American, he catalogued and indexed and sang and scribed it, and his influence on his contemporaries and his descendants transcends the boundaries of poetry and becomes, in many ways, the story of young America.
©2004 Karen Karbiener; (P)2004 Recorded Books
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I am very grateful to my bookclub for reintroducing me to Walt Whitman. Sure, he's a dead white man, but this classic writer defied all the rules of his time, and he still seems as fresh and radical - sometimes even shocking - as he must have in 19th century America.
Professor Karbiener has obviously great knowledge of and enthusiasm for her poet. It's clear from the beginning that the study of Walt Whitman's life, work and influence could fill several semesters. In this 8 hour treatment, she gives us history, an overview of the work, and a clear feeling for the many ways Whitman has left his mark on American art and culture since his death in 1892.
Every American can be inspired by this life and poetry. Whitman still stands for the very best that we can be - brave, accepting of the new and the strange and different, and full of energy and enthusiasm for the future!
This course is way better than a week at a spa.
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