John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)
A selective list of online literary criticism for the nineteenth-century American poet, abolitionist, and social reformer, John Greenleaf Whittier, with links to reliable biographical and introductory material and signed, peer-reviewed, and scholarly literary criticism and analysis
Introduction & Literary Criticism
"John Greenleaf Whittier." Introduction to Whittier, from the educational publisher the Heath Anthology of American Literature.
"John Greenleaf Whittier." A brief introduction to Whittier. Academy of American Poets.
"John Greenleaf Whittier." A very brief introduction to John Greenleaf Whittier, with links to some of his most famous poems. Published by The Poetry Foundation, a project of Poetry magazine.
Jarvis, Charles A. "Admission to Abolition: The Case of John Greenleaf Whittier." Journal of the Early Republic 4, 2 (Summer 1984) [first page of article only, blurred].
Smallwood, Osborn T. "The Historical Significance of Whittier's Anti-Slavery Poems as Reflected by Their Political and Social Background." Discusses the context in which Whittier wrote such poems as "Clerical Oppressors" and "The Hunters of Men." The Journal of Negro History 35, 2 (April 1950) pp. 150-173 [first page of article only, blurred].
Warren, Robert Penn. "Whittier." In the "war with wrong," says Warren, Whittier wrote his first really fine poem, "Ichabod," and two others of lasting value, "Song of the Slaves in the Desert" and "Letter from a Missionary of a Methodist Episcopal Church, in Kansas, to a Distinguished Politician." Whitter's later Snow-Bound was a summarizing poem, both for him personally and for the United States. The Sewanee Review 79, 1 (Winter 1971) [sub ser, enotes, has more articles on Whittier].
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