Mysticism In The Poetry Of Walt Whitman
Author(s):
Khanpure Suvarna Gourishankar, Dr. Mallikarjun B. Karajgi
Keywords:
Nature, Divinity, Unity, Love and Symbolism.
Abstract
Mysticism is not really a coherent philosophy of life, but more a temper of mind. According to Russell, a mystical experience involves insight a sense of unity and the unreality of time and space, and a belief that evil is mere appearance. Russell’s vision is intuitive, he feels that the presence of a divine reality behind and within the ordinary world of sense perception. Mysticism is “the science of union with the Absolute”(Underhill 1912,86). A mystic feels that God and supreme soul animating all things are identical. He sees an essential identity of Being between Man, Nature and God. In Whitman’s poetry, we can see the elements of mysticism. His thought was intuitive, he wrote like a mystic. Whitman believed that the soul is immortal. He felt an identification with all animate and inanimate things around him. He believed in the existence of the human soul, and in the existence of the Divine Spirit, in the immortality of the human soul, and in the capacity of a human being to establish communication between his spirit and the Divine spirit. Whitman believed that this communication is possible not possible without sacrificing the flesh. Therefore, there is a great deal of sexual element in Whitman’s poetry. In “Songs of Myself “the sexual connotation is inseparable from the mystical experience. Whitman believed that the mystical state is achieved through the transfigured senses rather than by escaping the senses.
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Unique Paper ID: 146474

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 4, Issue 12

Page(s): 721 - 724
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