George B. Hutchinson: On "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"

The poem dramatizes an achievement of control over threatening powers through a form of acceptance of them and a surrender of the self—represented in the bird’s "possession" of the child and then an opening of ego-boundaries to the sea—which miraculously ends in self-possession and a stable relationship with the powers. The progression embodies a specific form of role-process by which the ground of affliction is mastered, its closest relative being the shamanic "call."

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Title George B. Hutchinson: On "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author George B. Hutchinson Criticism Target Walt Whitman
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 18 May 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication The Ecstatic Whitman
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