POETICS, ARITHMETIC, POETRY (Literary form) -- History & criticism, and ART & mathematics
An essay is presented on the poetic presence of arithmetic in the poetry of poet Walt Whitman. It examines Whitman's passion as a math teacher and how it influenced his poetry as well as explores how his poetic assembling and disassembling of nature featured the science of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as a metaphoric staple. It follows the development of Whitman's inception as a poetic-political program from early traces of his mathematical thought.
POETRY (Literary form), POETRY collections, and LITERATURE
The article focuses on the works of Walt Whitman, an American poet, and highlights the influence that works of Maximilian Schele de Vere, a Swedish-born philologist, has on his work. In the book "Leaves of Grass," a poetry collection by Whitman, he developed poems based on the subject matters found in "Stray Leaves from the Book of Nature," by de Vere. The poems by Whitman include "This Compost," A Word Out of the Sea" and "The World Below the Brine."