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  1. Section 34

    ... every race on earth.” War, however, is by definition about division. What one side in a war calls aggression and hatred and evil, of ... War, later in his life he would write enthusiastically about what he called “the Spanish element in our nationality”: “To that ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  2. 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

  3. Section 46

    ... the world around us (given all that Whitman has demonstrated about our shared atoms, how could the journey ever really be private?). ... world would take on the tint of the photographs in our books about the Civil War, blurring for a moment the distinction between my ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  4. 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

  5. Section 15

    ... actual auctioneer’s catalogue. Soon, everyone was talking about Whitman’s catalogue-technique, and Whitman himself even adopted the ... catalogues: “Oh God! how tired I get of hearing that said about the ‘catalogues’!” He believed reviewers simply could not get past ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  6. Week 2

    ... hatred and factionalism of war. War is by definition about division. What one side in a war calls aggression and hatred and evil, of ... the lapping ocean, awaiting the feast of death it is about to receive when it accepts the bodies and limbs that will be deposited ...

    sbaehr - 12/18/2015 - 12:32

  7. Section 14

    ... Foreword Whitman, writing about education, once commented that “good brains ancient & modern agree that ... see (and—as in the case of “gander”—ways to talk about how we see: if we are keenly observant, for example, we might be said ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Week 7

    ... a dramatic threshold to the story of the war as Whitman is about to tell it—a narrative that will center the war not on the battlefields ... folks generally believ'd the prediction. I remember talking about it on a Fulton ferry-boat with the Brooklyn Mayor, who said he only ...

    sbaehr - 06/17/2016 - 11:54

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