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."
|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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