Leo Spitzer: On "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking"

As for the songs of the birds, let us note first that Whitman has chosen to replace the hackneyed literary nightingale by a domestic bird of America, the mocking-bird, compared to which, Jefferson once declared, the European nightingale is a third-rate singer. The manner in which Whitman has "translated," to use his modest expression, the song of the mockingird into words deserves boundless admiration. I know of no other poem in which we find such a heart-rending impersonation of a bird by a poet, such a welding of bird’s voice and human word, such an empathy for the joy and pain expressed by nature’s singers.


Title Leo Spitzer: On "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author James Woodress Criticism Target Walt Whitman
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 12 Jun 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Explication de Texte Applied to Walt Whitman’s ‘Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking’
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