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Podcast: Walt Whitman's religious vision - Michael Robertson on the great American poet's spiritual influences

30 May 2019

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“I am large, I contain multitudes”. So wrote Walt Whitman in his 1855 masterpice Song of Myself. The American poet’s 200th birthday is on Friday (31 May). In this week’s Church Times, Dr Michael Robertson, author of Worshipping Whalt: The Whitman disciples (Princeton Press), argues that while Whitman has been celebrated as a poet of democracy and of nature, among other things, his religious purpose is under-appreciated.

On this week's podcast, Dr Robertson speaks to Madeleine Davies about Whitman’s life, his literary and religious influences, and reads for us some of his remarkable poetry.

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