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  1. Week 15

    ... War notebooks, where he recorded talks he had with soldiers about their experiences in the war. This time it was a Maine soldier named ... writes down all the grisly details of Roberts’ narrative about what the soldier saw as his unit finally came to the opening in the ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:15

  2. Week 25

    ... cordial” bows as they passed. What strikes Whitman most about Lincoln is how “ordinary” he always looked—like “the commonest ... of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation is an offhand comment about how the proclamation dominated the morning’s newspapers but was met ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:21

  3. Week 13

    ... the bloody Battle of Fredericksburg, and he wrote to Emerson about this “freight of helpless worn and wounded youth, genuine of the ... and one near the end—illustrate his keen sense of irony about the quickly shifting nature of the city and the phantasmagoric way that ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:10

  4. Week 8

    ... to it, and needing it. (Everything is quiet now, here about Falmouth and the Rappahannock, but there was noise enough a week or so ... results of the late battles are exhibited everywhere about here in thousands of cases, (hundreds die every day,) in the Camp, ...

    sbaehr - 07/15/2016 - 15:34

  5. Week 26

    ... his coffin and to honor him. And the poem was in error, too, about the way Lincoln was buried: there was no “lower’d coffin,” and no ... his collection of Civil War poems, Drum-Taps , was about to go to press when Lincoln was assassinated. How to address the most ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:22

  6. Week 27

    ... was once a unified whole, a Union. “Lilacs” is a poem about loss and death and the sense of the world coming to a stasis. Lincoln was ... being mourned. Most readers assumed Whitman was writing about Lincoln, but Whitman’s great elegy is in part remarkable because we ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:23

  7. Week 20

    ... During the last decade of Whitman’s life, his famous poem about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—“O Captain! My Captain!”—became ... only have been written by someone who had thought deeply about the impact that his own letters, written on behalf of soldiers too sick ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:17

  8. Week 16

    ... we, the survivors, can live. It is what we tell ourselves about soldiers in any war: they sacrificed their lives for us; they died for ... and grim, with well-grey'd hair, and flesh all sunken about the eyes? Who are you, my dear comrade? Then to the second I ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:16

  9. Week 23

    ... unknown (as we saw in last week’s letter to his mother about his despair over a nameless soldier), and to begin the difficult work of ... America that was noisily spending its way into forgetfulness about the massive sacrifice of the war whose ghosts stand silently and ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:18

  10. Week 14

    ... retreat—Arthur took him in his arms, and he died in about an hour and a half—Arthur buried him himself—he dug his grave.” ... again” will respond to kiss or touch. Everything about the inverted syntax (which persists throughout the poem in phrases like ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:11