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Slap, J.W. (1970). American Imago. XXV, 1968: The Eagle and the Axe: A Study of Whitman's Song of the Broad-Axe. Alvin H. Rosenfeld. Pp. 354-370.. Psychoanal Q., 39:161.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXV, 1968: The Eagle and the Axe: A Study of Whitman's Song of the Broad-Axe. Alvin H. Rosenfeld. Pp. 354-370.

(1970). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 39:161

American Imago. XXV, 1968: The Eagle and the Axe: A Study of Whitman's Song of the Broad-Axe. Alvin H. Rosenfeld. Pp. 354-370.

Joseph William Slap

Rosenfeld traces the tides of masculinity and femininity in this long poem; the final imagery, he feels, is a homosexual one indicative of the poet's 'own difficult identity'. This conclusion is consistent with Whitman's oft-stated feeling that 'intense and loving comradeship, the personal and passionate attachment of man to man … [is] the most substantial hope and safety of the future of these states' and with Bychowski's conclusion that sublimation of homoerotic love is at the core of Whitman's concept of democracy.

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Slap, J.W. (1970). American Imago. XXV, 1968. Psychoanal. Q., 39:161

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