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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. Section 48

    ... is something, then, that we should cease being “curious” about: if God is the creative force of the universe, then God—just like each ... universes. And I say to mankind, Be not curious about God, For I who am curious about each am not curious about God, (No ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Week 9

    ... generalized and serene. The poem gives us no information about where we are geographically or why the troops are crossing a ford, nor ... a critic named Betty Barrett made a remarkable discovery about the source of this poem. While reading through the 1868 Rebellion ...

    sbaehr - 08/04/2016 - 12:39

  7. Section 6

    ... shifting answers, for he realizes that, the more we think about what the grass truly is, the less we know. Maybe, in the way it manages ... nothing. I wish I could translate the hints about the dead young men and women, And the hints about old men and ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Section 42

    ... who surround him and help define him: he is not just talking about his intimates but those who are strangers (those many “folks” who are ... primarily an urban poem, Whitman gives us the perfect lines about being a single self among many: “This is the city and I am one of the ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

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