Author: Robert Penn Warren
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
Release Date: 1971
Genre: American poetry
John Greenleaf Whittier's Poetry was first published in 1971. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions. In this volume Robert Warren Penn, the noted critic, poet, and novelist, provides a major new appraisal of the once enormously popular New England port, John Greenleaf Whittier, along with his selection of 36 of Whittier's poems. Through Warren's perceptive and illuminating discussion, the significance of Whittier as a writer for our time becomes clear. In his introduction Warren shows that Whittier's deep commitment to his fellowman, especially his devotion to the cause of abolition, profoundly influenced his writing. In his estimate of Whittier's place in literature, Warren invokes the questions What does the past mean to an American? and in this context he compares Whittier with Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, and Faulkner. He finds that Whittier's "star belongs in their constellation. If it is less commanding than any of theirs it yet shines with a clear and authentic light."
William Jolliff, Professor of English at George Fox University, has selected 55 of John Greenleaf Whittier's more than 500 poems with the intention of turning Quaker (and other) readers into Whittier fans. His guiding focus for this edition is "readability by contemporaries." A biographical and critical introduction and the identification of themes in introductions to each section are important guides. William Jolliff's brief introductions to the poems themselves give specific historical background and interpretive help when necessary. Includes Snow-Bound, "Ichabod, " "Telling the Bees, " "The Barefoot Boy, " "Skipper Ireson's Ride, " and "In the Old South."
Author: Samuel J. Rogal
Release Date: 2009-11-25
Poet John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892) proved a significant contributor to American Protestant hymnody—since 1843, more than 2,100 hymnals published in the United States have included adaptations of his works—despite the fact that Whittier never considered himself a hymnist. This book compares and contrasts Whittier’s original published texts with versions adapted as hymns, exhibiting the hymnodic elements of his poetry and displaying the textual changes to Whittier’s lines by hymnal editors from a variety of denominations. The work offers in-depth comparative studies of many of his poems and their resultant hymns, a catalogue of hymns-from-poems, a chronology of Whittier’s life and works, notes, bibliography and index.
1871. A collection of verse from Whittier, American Quaker poet and reformer. He was a pioneer in the development of regional literature as well as being a crusader for many humanitarian causes. He was a self-declared abolitionist. Contents: Miriam; Miscellaneous Poems: Norembega; Nauhaught, the Deacon; In School-Days; Garibaldi; After Election; My Triumph; The Hive at Gettysburg; Howard at Atlanta; To Lydia Maria Child; The Prayer Seeker; Poems for Public Occasions: A Spiritual Manifestation; The Laurels; and Hymn. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.