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Videos

Spider Web Video

Animation showing the stages of a spider building its web. You don’t know how hard it was not to make a joke about this being "on the web." Or, did we just do that? Hehe. Sorry.

Creepy Whitman Animation

This is such a weird idea, but we kind of love it. Some guy animated a picture of Whitman to make it look like he’s reciting one of his poems. Trust us, it’s pretty strange. On the other hand, some people think the recording you hear is really Whitman’s voice, which is sort of exciting.

Audios

"America" – MP3
Here’s an MP3 of that famous audio recording of the poem "America," thought to be read by Walt Whitman himself. This recording came from an old wax cylinder.

Images

Pictures of Whitman

More than a hundred pictures of the man himself. You can decide whether you prefer the dashing young dandy, or the bearded old wizard.

Images of the Poem’s First Printing

This will show you how the poem looked in its original printing in The Broadway, A London Magazine, October 1868. Note the creepy title for this series of poems: "Whispers of Heavenly Death."

Websites

Walt Whitman Archive
We pointed you to parts of this site earlier, but here’s the whole thing. A great resource on Whitman’s life, work, etc.
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