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  1. Section 8

    ... flies; he gets a kind of bird’s-eye view of a young couple about to make love in the bushes; and he observes and describes a suicide in a ... Question Think about Whitman’s catalog of city sounds in this section. How would the catalog ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  2. Section 29

    ... glimpse into the way that all of nature is continually about the procreant “urge and urge and urge” of desire itself (as Whitman ... for the wound of consciousness. He knew a thing or two about the intimate connection between departures and arrivals, endings and ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  3. Section 24

    ... the unvoiced is what “Song of Myself,” finally, is all about—finding the miraculous in dung-beetles, finding sacred renewal in sex ... physical work (including the writing of this poem) brings about change in this world. Victorian morality and orthodox religion are ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  4. Section 52

    ... says “I too am untranslatable,” he is also thinking about how the “I,” the self, is finally not translatable from one set of ... Perhaps new tribes moved into the area, with different ideas about how to celebrate the lives of those who had passed on, ward off ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  5. Section 21

    ... It is a powerful passage, but what is perhaps most striking about it is that Whitman cancels out the first part of it in his notebook, ... of dilation or pride, We have had ducking and deprecating about enough, I show that size is only development. Have you ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  6. Section 36

    ... the lapping ocean, awaiting the feast of death it is about to receive when it accepts the bodies and limbs that will be deposited ... to us. Whitman in this section offers a haunting line about that irretrievability, but how does his poetry itself set out to retrieve ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  7. Section 40

    ... fast as it was trying to dawn. … Well, arter I had walked about twenty miles up the Peak o' Day and Daybreak Hill I soon discovered what ... axes an’ squeezed him till I'd thawed 'em loose, poured about a ton on’t over the sun's face, give the airth’s cog-wheel one kick ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  8. Section 1

    ... made up of the atoms of the land he sings on and sings about). So “Song of Myself” starts us out on what the poet will call “a ... Myself,” to look for him under our boot-soles. A word about Whitman’s prosody: the movement from iambic pentameter in the first ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  9. Section 4

    ... do in some ways make up what we are, but there is something about each of us that goes far deeper. Whitman shares with Henry David ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53

  10. Section 20

    ... Afterword “I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well,” Thoreau wrote ... meticulous observation, led them to grasp enduring truths about their respective walks in the sun; what they witnessed and recorded for ...

    kraken - 08/20/2015 - 09:53