Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

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Walt Whitman (1819—1892) American poet

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Poem by Whitman, published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass as “Sun-Down Poem” and given its present title in 1860. Based on the author's reminiscences of life in Brooklyn and the trip across the East River to Manhattan, it is a rhapsody of the daily crowds and of the panorama of the city as seen from the river, in which he mystically identifies himself with everybody and everything: “great or small, you furnish your parts toward the soul.”

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