College Literature. Summer2018, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p449-486. 38p.
SENTIMENTALISM in literature, POETRY (Literary form), and EQUALITY
The article examines the sentimental affect in poet Walt Whitman's works as a poetic and political strategy which moves beyond traditional misreadings of this literary mode as being uncreative. According to the author, sentimentalism was a major part of Whitman's egalitarian vision of society. His book "Leaves of Grass" is also discussed.