The technology staff in the Crowsnest is back on the job to isolate perhaps the most important part of this video that will help you understand how and why Whitman develops the first person voice in Leaves of Grass. You will find out why Ed Folsom will claim that “Everything that is going to be great in Whitman are in these lines of his notebook.” Then you hear several modern poets read famous passages from Song of Myself.
So, start at minute 27:50 where Whitman comes to terms with slavery. Then finish at minute 39:10 where Ed Folsom reflects on the totality of Leaves of Grass.
To focus our attention on Section 52 of Song of Myself, let’s have everyone make a comment that connects a word, line, or literary device from Section 52 to any other line in Whitman’s work. By all means feel comfortable connecting another section from Song of Myself to your favorite moment in Section 52. Compose 5-7 sentences in Standard English and read it out loud for clarity’s sake. If you want, draft and revise your comment in a Word document; then paste it into the comment box on the blog.
For Section 52, we’ll use this version in class for explicating on the Interactive Whiteboard. https://iwp.uiowa.edu/whitmanweb/en/writings/song-of-myself/section-52