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secund1n0 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted January 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM via web

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About Walt Whitman and his poetry, do you think his work is still worthy of the praise that Neruda gives him?

Yes, it is worthy of Neruda's praise.  Neruda, whose style differs from Whitman's in some important respects, nevertheless followed Whitman's practice of looking closely and with a poetic eye on mechanical things, and by extension, the energies of the industrial world that emerged from the 19th century's Romantic and Victorian periods.  An example is Neruda's homage to railroad engines, very reminiscent of Whitman's love of mechanisms.  Neruda  was more comfortable with a shorter stanza form (often couplets) than of course Whiman's more thorough, even exhaustive, style.  Whitman will never be "unimportant" to American literature, and Neruda's appreciation of Whitman's work will always be referred to, as he was a major supporter of American culture in Latin America.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted January 14, 2012 at 3:39 AM (Answer #1)

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Yes, it is worthy of Neruda's praise.  Neruda, whose style differs from Whitman's in some important respects, nevertheless followed Whitman's practice of looking closely and with a poetic eye on mechanical things, and by extension, the energies of the industrial world that emerged from the 19th century's Romantic and Victorian periods.  An example is Neruda's homage to railroad engines, very reminiscent of Whitman's love of mechanisms.  Neruda  was more comfortable with a shorter stanza form (often couplets) than of course Whiman's more thorough, even exhaustive, style.  Whitman will never be "unimportant" to American literature, and Neruda's appreciation of Whitman's work will always be referred to, as he was a major supporter of American culture in Latin America.

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