WWBA is excited to share a historic and literary virtual tour with Ph.D. Candidate Andrew Rimby!
Follow along as we learn about Whitman and Bryant around historic Roslyn.
In 1847, Whitman coined Bryant “one of the best poets in the world” while writing for the Brooklyn Eagle. A few years before expressing his praise for Bryant’s poetic talent, Whitman had written a poem in dedication to Bryant’s Romantic and Naturalist themes. Although a role model to Whitman, their approach to the poetic genres of Romanticism, Naturalism, and Transcendentalism differed as did their approach to abolitionism. As we virtually journey in historic Roslyn from Bryant’s Cedarmere to the Bryant Library, we’ll ask how to approach these two influential Long Island poets in 2021 and what happens when we look at their poetry through an ecopoetic lens. The tour will conclude with Whitman’s poetry influencing Roslyn’s Gilded Age future and why Edith Wharton turns to his homoerotic poetics for her own writing.
This event is open to all with a $5 suggested donation.
Please pre-register for this event. You will receive an email with a link to join the Zoom meeting.