Leaves of Grass is Walt Whitman’s life legacy and at the same time the most praised and condemned book of poetry. Although fearful of social scorn, there are several poems in Leaves of Grass that are more explicit in showing the homoerotic imagery, whereas there are several subtle – should I say “implicit” – images woven into the fabric of the book. It is not strange, then, that he created many different identities in order to remain safe. What Whitman faced in writing his poetry was the difficulty in describing and resonating manly and homosexual love. He was to find another voice of his, a rhetoric device, and his effort took two forms: simplified, and subverted word play.
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History has a fraught relationship with poetry, as history by poets willfully defies the study and science of historians: facts are secondary; sources are partial in both scarcity and bias; and time is manipulated to elaborate the poet’s point. For poets, however, this is no loss, and as such they often make use of it. By using historical references, T.S. Eliot, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Lowell each explore the limits of time, but with separate goals: Eliot’s, to achieve stability through time’s continuity; Ginsberg’s, to recall the recent past for present- and future learning; and Lowell’s, to gain both authority and distance through memories. In “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T.S.