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For Thursday (2/16)

Happy Valentine's Day! (Annie Oakley's heart target)

For Thursday, we’ll talk a bit more about Whitman and his peers.  You might want to review your notes, annotations, or blog posts about Walt and his fellow poets.

More importantly, we’ll start on Thursday to explore Whitman’s poetic process.  Luckily for us, the Walt Whitman archive is a treasure trove of manuscripts, drafts, notebooks, etc.  Look over the 1860 “blue book” and note down anything you find interesting about Walt’s pencilled comments and notes.  And, take a look at Ed Folsom and Ken Price’s really fascinating introduction – – “Many Manuscript Doings and Undoings”: The Road toward Leaves of Grass” – –  to the making of the 1855 edition.

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