The Resource An Evening with Walt Whitman, Stephen Collins

An Evening with Walt Whitman, Stephen Collins

Label
An Evening with Walt Whitman
Title
An Evening with Walt Whitman
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Collins
Title variation
Unlaunch'd Voices
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Unlaunch’d Voices, an Evening With Walt Whitman opens with the elderly Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce and to question his success as a man and a poet. He tells us his work has proved to be "less than a failure...." He remembers a mystical experience he had in his thirty-seventh year that inspired him to write poetry. During the telling, Whitman transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back along with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves Of Grass, his lifetime work. The first part of the performance explores Whitman's preoccupation with the self and his resolve to write with "free and brave thought..." We revel with him as he celebrates his body and himself and are confidants as he shares his struggle with his sexual self. In the second part of the performance, Whitman's life is changed forever by the occurrence of the Civil War. It is here that he finds "... the most important work of my life..." nursing the wounded soldiers in the hospitals. Through poetry and readings of actual letters, we experience Whitman's movement from selfishness and selflessness and his growth into a mature artist who is at peace about "himself, God and death."
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Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Recorded at the Chelmsford Public Library on Apr. 19, 2018
PerformerNote
Stephen Collins
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1819-1892
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  • Whitman, Walt
  • Collins, Stephen
  • Chelmsford Public Library (Chelmsford, Mass.)
Runtime
62
Series statement
Library hour
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Whitman, Walt
Technique
live action
Label
An Evening with Walt Whitman, Stephen Collins
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1734631
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
DVD.
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 62 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(Sirsi) a989933
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD
Label
An Evening with Walt Whitman, Stephen Collins
Publication
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier category code
vd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
quadrophonic multichannel or surround
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1734631
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Edition
DVD.
Extent
1 videodisc (approximately 62 min.)
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
v
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(Sirsi) a989933
System details
DVD
Video recording format
DVD

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