Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Whitman and Doyle

The romantic friendship that Walt Whitman shared with Peter Doyle embodied the "love of comrades" celebrated in Whitman's "Calamus" poems. Their thirty-year friendship (1865–1892) left a legacy of loving letters from the older man to his younger companion ...

Doyle and Whitman met one winter's evening in Washington, D.C. The twenty-one-year-old Doyle was the conductor on a Pennsylvania Avenue horsecar, and the forty-five-year-old Whitman was the car's sole passenger. Doyle recalled, "We were familiar at once—I put my hand on his knee—we understood . . . From that time on, we were the biggest sort of friends" (qtd. in Bucke 23).

Murray, Martin G. "Doyle, Peter." The Walt Whitman Archive. Web. Aug 17, 2014. <http://www.whitmanarchive.org/criticism/current/encyclopedia/entry_3.html>

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