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The Whipping


The poem, “The Whipping” was published in 1962, by Robert Hayden. It talks about a woman who exhausts herself by whipping a boy to achieve her personal purging of emotional tensions.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms

  • Robert Hayden
  • Robert Hayden Criticism and Interpretation


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS 3515 .A9363 Z



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  •  Bloom, Harold(ed.). Robert Hayden. 2005.

                   Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z87 2005

  • Hatcher, John.  From the Auroral Darkness: the Life and Poetry of Robert Hayden. 1984.

                  Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z43 1984

  • Williams, Pontheolla T.  Robert Hayden: A Critical Analysis of His Poetry. 1987.

                  Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z95 1987



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 37, pg. 160

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 6, pg. 194-196

o   Vol. 123, pg. 93, 145, 147, 171



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