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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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. Section 22

    ... poet of wickedness also. What blurt is this about virtue and about vice? Evil propels me and reform of evil propels me, I stand ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  9. Section 41

    ... food that over the centuries allowed human curiosity about the great mysteries of life and the universe to grow. But now the poet is ... What was strewn in the amplest strewing the square rod about me, and not filling the square rod then, The bull and the bug ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  10. Section 27

    ... body takes us to the very edges of identity: it is “about as much as I can stand.” E.F. ... and am happy, To touch my person to some one else's is about as much as I can stand. ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53