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  1. 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

  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 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Week 34

    ... to conclude his Sequel to Drum-Taps with this poem about the demobilization of the troops. Imagining himself again as a soldier, ...

    sbaehr - 08/02/2016 - 20:01

  8. 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

  9. Week 31

    ... by the bed-side of a new patient, a young Baltimorean, aged about 19 years, W. S. P., (2nd Md. Southern,) very feeble, right leg amputated, ... that, but it made no difference.......Visiting him daily for about two weeks after that, while he lived, (death had mark'd him, and he was ...

    kraken - 07/11/2016 - 10:25

  10. Week 24

    ... wounded and divided nation at the time, worried a great deal about what would happen when hundreds of thousands of soldiers, Union and ...

    sbaehr - 07/11/2016 - 10:19