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DOI

10.13008/2153-3695.1068

Abstract

Provides an explanation for Whitman's use of sequences of dots to break up lines internally in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass by arguing that Whitman was using a standard convention of nineteenth-century oratory-the Rhetorical Pause-and goes on to integrate this insight with a substantial reading of the first edition emphasizing the poem's radical effort to present the poet engaged in an oratorical performance; uses ideas from nineteenth-century oraticians including Samuel Kirkland and Dr. James Rush, as well as contemporary language theorists including Derrida.

Rights

Copyright © 1984 C. Carroll Hollis

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