MELVILLE'S ANTITHETICAL MUSE
This study examines Melville's oppositional poetics by focusing on topical, thematic, rhetorical and technical aspects of the author's poems. Melville's fraught relationship with his country rehearsed in his novels is distilled in the poetry examined here. The works discussed nin this book are selected from the three collections of poetry published in Melville's lifetime. The dissidence that emanates from this poetic corpus underscores Melville's nonconformity with orthodox expectations of late-nineteenth-century America.