Argues that "the war of disunion and the subsequent dismembering of bodies . . . convulsed and stalled Whitman's poetics, which depended upon a series of metaphoric relations between body, nation, and text," and that through a series of "gruesome narrative displays, Whitman struggled to find a way to represent the war therapeutically," inventing in Memoranda "a representational form that would preserve the convulsiveness of the period."
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