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The Pedantess

“Once I pass’d through a populous city imprinting my brain for future use with its shows, architecture, customs, traditions…”

Walt Whitman’s prerequisite for poetic allusions embracing the American landscape, highlights the impact it has on the poet’s psyche for infiltration into their verse. The American landscape, being an organic cornucopia constructed through its diversity in cultures, activities and minds. Its history can be traced through the evolution of this abundant range which emulates the development of American literary tradition. Like the literary form, landscape is composed of the amalgamation of visible, natural formations, the metaphysics of life forces and social transience. All these components can be related to poetic versification. Stephen F. Mills, an American Studies academic, reinforces landscape’s interchangeability with its artistic inhabitants. Both offer a layering of realms for the reader to penetrate as it offers experiences and inspirations from a synthesis of offerings. A unique part of…

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