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The Sea Is a Continual Miracle: Sea Poems and Other Writings by Walt Whitman
by Walt Whitman
edited by Jeffrey Yang
University Press of New England, 2017
Cloth: 978-1-5126-0059-9 | eISBN: 978-1-5126-0060-5 | Paper: 978-1-61168-922-8
Library of Congress Classification PS3203.Y36 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 818.308

From his earliest days on Long Island and in New York City to his last years in Camden, New Jersey, Walt Whitman lived close to the sea he knew and loved. The “liquid-flowing syllables” of Whitman’s poetry and prose tell specific stories of particular voyages and known shores, as well as vivid flights of imagination and keening paeans to wild winds, dark water, stormy and quiet airs. The land, for Whitman, is both immutable and still, while the sea is a realm of dynamic change, mercurial temper, and the ebb and flow of cosmic uncertainty. From “Mannahatta” to “Poem of Joys” to the magisterial ode to the slain President Lincoln, “O Captain! My Captain!” Whitman wove the strands of nautical lexicon and powerful imagery into the tapestry of our national literature. In The Sea Is a Continual Miracle, poet and editor Jeffrey Yang has compiled an invaluable resource for readers, students, and scholars of Whitman, and demonstrates how seeing him through sea glass shows America’s best-loved poet in a new light.

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