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Abstract

Offers a reading of "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" that demonstrates how Whitman uses the poem to sublimate the violence of Lincoln's assassination, so that "what on the purely historical level is a man's unnatural death at the hands of another man--a violent 'crime'--becomes on more symbolic levels a natural, necessary creative event."

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