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Jessica Pike for October 6th

Posted: Sunday, October 4th, 2009 @ 10:59 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The first thought that crossed my mind after reading all of “Drum-Taps” was that the Civil War had humbled Walt Whitman. It is difficult for me to imagine the 1855 Whitman and the 1892 Whitman as the same individual. In the 1855 Leaves of Grass Whitman even admits that he is egotistical and writes, “I […]

Jessica Pike for September 29

Posted: Sunday, September 27th, 2009 @ 9:52 pm in Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

In the introduction to Memoranda, Whitman expresses his fears of the Civil War being forgotten and writes, “In the mushy influence of current times, the fervid atmosphere and typical events of those years are in danger of being totally forgotten” (5). However, in the lament Whitman gives, Whitman himself acknowledges that the “real war” can […]

Photographs of Fredericksburg During the Civil War

Posted: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 @ 1:16 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Part of the 6th Maine Infantry after the battle of Fredericksburg The town from the east bank of the Rappahonnock river, Fredericksburg, VA. March 1863 These are just some of the many pictures of Fredericksburg that were taken by Matthew Brady and his associates during the Civil War years. More pictures can be found at: […]

Jessica for September 22

Posted: Saturday, September 19th, 2009 @ 11:21 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

After comparing the two versions of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass I find Walt Whitman more intriguing than ever. When noticing the differences in the poems, I thought to myself, “Why would Whitman do that?” “What is his purpose in changing just one little coma or word in the poem?” All of these questions heighten the […]

Question on Walt Whitman

Posted: Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I was wondering what Walt Whitman’s religious upbringings were? We have talked a lot about him as a prophet-like figure, so I did not know what religious influences he had growing up.

Jessica Pike for September 15

Posted: Sunday, September 13th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

In Walt Whitman’s letter to Emerson, Whitman discusses the lack of sexual description within literature and states, “This filthy law has to be repealed- it stands in the way of great reforms” (Whitman 1358). After reading Whitman’s thoughts regarding the suppression of sex within texts in his letter to Emerson, I believe Whitman placed an […]

Image Gloss

Posted: Monday, September 7th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

“The camera and plate are prepared, the lady must sit for her daguerreotype” (Whitman 41). The daguerreotype is a type of photograph that was invented in 1839 by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. The photographic image is made on a photo-sensitive silver compound, silver halide, and developed by exposing the image to mercury vapor. The image produced is […]

Jessica Pike for September 8

Posted: Sunday, September 6th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

In Walt Whitman’s America, David S. Reynolds indicates that Walt Whitman saw both great promise and profound defects in the American urban scene and in working-class behavior (Reynolds 83). Since Whitman was a keen observer of the world around him, Whitman used writing as a tool to share his observations to the rest of America. […]

Jessica for September 1

Posted: Sunday, August 30th, 2009 @ 10:51 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

To be honest, I do not have much background knowledge of Walt Whitman or his works. However, after reading the preface to Leaves of Grass and “Song of Myself” I was overwhelmed at the powerful connection I felt to this poem. The speaker immediately establishes an intimate relationship with the reader and states, “And what […]

Song of Jessica

Posted: Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

“In all people I see myself, none more and not one a barleycorn less, And the good or bad I say of myself I say of them. And I know I am solid and sound, To me the converging objects fo the universe perpetually flow, All are written to me, and I must get what […]

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