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Individuality as Democratic Vista in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Abdullah Albaraddouni: Comparative Analytical Research

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Individuality as Democratic Vista in the Poetry of Walt Whitman and Abdullah Albaraddouni: Comparative Analytical Research

By Ali Mohsen Jaber
Abstract

This paper is a comparative analytical study that aims at exploring the concept of individuality as a democratic vista in the poetry of Walt Whitman and Abdullah Albaraddouni (Yemeni Poet); both are known as poets of freedom and equality. This paper is an attempt to present the most common aesthetic and intellectual aspects of individuality in the poetic experiences of these two prominent poets in terms of vision, form and content. It sheds light on the personal and the sociopolitical factors that constitute their democratic poetic experiences. Moreover, it addresses the attitude of each poet towards his socio-cultural mainstream. The paper presents critical analysis of the two unique poetic experiences and the way each poet tackles the issue of the relation between the individual/nation and a given sociopolitical milieu. The findings of the paper show the amount of interesting similarities in these two distinguished poetic experiences; a matter that raises more questions and issues for future studies.


Even though the two poets belong to different and distinct cultural contexts chronologically and geographically, they share a common notion of the sacred right of the individual to enjoy equality, freedom, and democracy. This paper aims at explore the points where both poets converge and diverge on their poetic experiences concerning individuality as a democratic vista. Therefore, Individuality will be discussed from three perceptions; concept of Self with Time and Place, Self and Others, and Self and Comradeship.

I will point out the role that both poets represent their nations as they stand as liberators against the feudalism and the aristocracy of classes; they call for self-independence, glorifying individuals and ending slavery. The paper will track how the idea parallelism theory is exemplified.

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