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Explores in detail Kenneth Burke's response to Whitman, arguing that "we do not go to Burke for a reading of Whitman … ; we do not go to Burke for knowledge about the making of Leaves of Grass … or for a detailed reading of any poem except 'When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd'" because ultimately Burke's "encounters with Whitman tend to tell us more about Burke than they do about Whitman."


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