chapter  7
23 Pages

Walt Whitman and the ethnopoetics of New York488

Walt Whitman’s influence on generations of artists, writers and poets in American and throughout the world is undeniable.489 The lines, imagery, sentiments, and subjects of attention in his poems continue to emerge in novels, poetry, music and other art forms. The title and much of the imagery and focus of his poem “I sing the Body Electric” for example have migrated into a wide variety of texts, among which are a science fiction story, a Manhattan novel, and an analysis of jazz.490