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  1. Week 22

    ... letter is one expression of that worry: “I feel uneasy about [you]—” Like his nation, Whitman’s family was coming apart at the ... us, as he surveys the growing number of war cemeteries, about “the significant word Unknown,” and how “in some of the cemeteries ...

    sbaehr - 04/06/2016 - 08:01

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Week 29

    ... is one of them. What does this strange theological poem about a four-sided God have to do with the war? And what are we to make of its ... and two hanging adjectives? Whitman had been thinking about the poem throughout the war, and in his working copy of the 1860 edition ...

    sbaehr - 06/01/2016 - 09:22

  6. Section 32

    ... provide a sense of wholeness of being. So the poet thinks about turning and living with animals. Taking on the patient gaze of a ... long” at his animal brethren, and draws some conclusions about their differences from humans. In their ability to live fully in the ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  7. 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

  8. Week 3

    ... In the 1840s and 1850s, Walt Whitman was reading about and absorbing the latest advances in the sciences and learning how to ... edition of Leaves of Grass , Whitman published a poem about chemistry, based on the facts he had read. He entered through those facts ...

    sbaehr - 06/17/2016 - 11:56

  9. Week 12

    ... lines of the poem: “(Many a soldier’s loving arms about this neck have cross’d and rested, / Many a soldier’s kiss dwells on ... of the gay population in the capital, and Whitman’s poem about nursing the suffering and dying young men in Civil War hospitals ...

    sbaehr - 02/03/2016 - 12:00

  10. 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