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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.

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