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Lecture 1

ENGD59H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Central Group, 32 Poems, Goodbye, My Fancy

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ENGD59 Walt Whitman AC 332
Professor Neal Dolan
317H Office Hours: Thursdays 12:30 to 2:30
1) Weekly 200-250 word Response Papers [10} – due on Blackboard by Wednesday 12 noon the day
before class (20%)
2) 1 10-15 minute class presentation (10%)
3) 5-7 page paper (30%) Due on Blackboard 5pm October 19
4) 10-12 page paper (40%) Due on Blackboard 5pm December 1
Course Texts:
Michael Warner, ed. The Portable Walt Whitman (available at UTSC bookstore)
Penalty for late papers & assignments: Late essays will be penalized 3% per day unless you have a doctors
note. Exercises and assignments must be handed in at the beginning of class on the day they are due, except for
the third essay which should be handed in to me in my office on December 1. All late essays must be submitted
to the Departmental Assistant in the English Department office who will date stamp them and leave them for
me. Late essays may not receive detailed comments.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism will not be tolerated, nor will a plea of ignorance be accepted as an excuse. It is your
duty to familiarize yourself with the rules and guidelines pertaining to plagiarism in MLA Handbook Ch.2.
Detailed information on plagiarism can also be found at
Rough Work: Please retain all rough notes, in-class work, essay drafts, (and graded material) until the end of the
Missed Classes: You are responsible for getting any missed notes from classmates; no lectures or lecture
outlines will be posted on the intranet or repeated, nor will in-class work be rescheduled without a doctors note.
Emails: I will not respond to emails regarding procedural matters addressed on this syllabus or explained during
lectures. Regardless of absence, it is your responsibility to keep up-to-date on the procedures of the course. I
will respond as promptly as possible to courteous, intellectually substantive questions about the content of the
course, but I will not rehash material from lectures.
Schedule of Class Topics and Readings:
Thursday Sept 3: Introduction
Thursday Sept 10: from Leaves of Grass (1855) “Preface” and first poem, later entitled “Song of Myself”
[online] pp. iii - 56
or [Print] in Michael Warner, ed. The Portable Whitman,
“Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855,”on pp. 330-52; “Song of Myself” pp.3-67
Thursday, Sept 17: from Leaves of Grass (1855) 2nd to 12th Poems (These poems were originally untitled
when they were first published in 1855. The online edition at reprints the original with no
titles, so for these I identify the poems sequentially, and by the first phrase, and by the online page numbers. For
the print edition from Warner, ed. The Portable Walt Whitman I identify the poems by the titles he uses --which
Whitman added to these poems in later editions-- and by the page numbers.)
*2nd poem: [online] “Come Closer to Me”
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or [print] “A Song for Occupations” Warner, ed. 68-76
3rd poem: [online] “To think of time” pp. 65-70;
or [print] “To Think of Time” Warner, ed. 77-83
*4th poem: [online] “I wander all night with my vision” pp.70-77;
or [print] “The Sleepers” Warner, ed. 84-93
*5th poem: [online] “The bodies of men and women…” pp 77-82
or [print] “I Sing the Body Electric” Warner, 94-102
6th poem: [online] from “Sauntering the pavement…” to “…the justified mother of men.” pp. 82-5; or [print] “Faces” Warner 103-7
7th poem: from “A Young man came to me…” to “or likely to be in prison” pp.85-7
[later titled “Song of the Answerer”] – not in Warner
8th poem: from “Suddenly out of its stale and drowsy lair…” to”…his
messengers come anon” 87-8
[later entitled “Europe the 72nd and 73rd Years of These States”]
9th poem: from “Clear the way there Jonathan” to “You are mighty cute…” 89-90
[later entitled “A Boston Ballad”]
*10th poem: from “There was a child went forth…” to “and these become of her or him that peruses them now” 90-1
[print} Warner 108-110 “There was a Child Went Forth”
*11th poem: WA 92-93 “Who learns my lesson complete?”; Warner (111-12) pp. 92-3
[print] “Who Learns My Lesson Complete?” Warner, ed. 111-12
12th poem: “Great are the Myths” pp. 93-5
Sept 24: from Leaves of Grass, 1856
[1856 edition: The dozen poems of the first 1855 edition were retained in this new edition, distributed in the
following sequence: 1, 4, 32, 26, 7, 27, 19, 16, 22, 25, 29, and 6. There are also 20 New Poems in the 1856
edition: 2, 3, 5, 8-15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, & 31. We will be reading these over the next two weeks as
follows below:]
2- “Poem of Women”; in Warner ed. [print] as “Unfolded Out of the Folds” (p.113)
3- “Poem of Salutation”: “O take my hand, Walt Whitman…”
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