Identifies Whitman's "imagistic poems" not as "an exculsive and distinctive subset of Leaves" but as "whole poems in which the discursive and didactic elements . . . are suppressed, and the visual element predominates"; reads these poems as important elements in his oeuvre that "invite us to limn significances (as poets do) behind even the most overtly 'simple' and 'objective' facts."
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