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ISSN 2301-5829

Vol. 1 / No. 2 / Published : 2012-08

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Original Article :

Sustainable development in walt whitman’s “a song of the rolling earth”: an ecocritic study

Author :

  1. Sheila Hapsari Resti Buanadewi*1
  1. Mahasiswa Fakultas Ilmu Budaya

Abstract :

This article attempts to discuss the portrayal of nature and find the poet’s view towards nature in Walt Whitman’s “A Song of the Rolling Earth”. In “A Song of the Rolling Earth”, Whitman reflects his ambiguous view: anthropocentrism or ecocentrism. It is significant to conduct this study because the poem is written in 19th century, however it contains environmental issue which become well-known today. Since the writer relates the portrayal of nature with the environmental issue, ecocriticism is the most appropriate theory to analyze the poem. In analyzing the poem, the writer uses three steps of ecocriticism suggested by Cherryl Glotfelty: define how the portrayal of nature within the works is, how the text or images deliver the issue in different ways, and how the ideology is constructed in the text. “A Song of the Rolling Earth” provides the ideology of environmentalism in which sustainable development and sustainable society become the findings of the study.

Keyword :

Anthropocentrism, Ecocentrism, Sustainable Development,

References :

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  2. Glotfelty, Cheryll, (1996). The Ecocriticism Reader: Landmarks in Literary Ecology. USA : University of Georgia Press
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