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WhitmanWeb - The Author in 9 Languages

WhitmanWeb - The Author in 9 Languages

If you're interested in Walt Whitman's poetry, you should check out WhitmanWeb, which publishes Whitmans "Song of Myself" in 52 weekly installments, augmented by commentary and questions in English by Professor Ed Folsom, co-director of the Whitman Archive and Christopher Merrill, director of the International Writing Program, at the University of Iowa; recordings of the poem in some languages; and images of the author.

The site currently publishes the poem in 9 languages:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian

Even more should be available soon. The site creators state:

"Think of this as a year under the tutelage of the father of American poetry, “one of the roughs, a kosmos,” which uses the tools and resources of another cosmos, the Internet (and particularly the Walt Whitman Archive), to have a conversation, across languages, borders, and time zones, about the multiple meanings of this foundational text. “I am large, I contain multitudes,” Whitman wrote. And we hope that the WhitmanWeb will inspire a multitude of new responses to, and ideas about, this crucial poem."

Image from WhitmanWeb


1 comment

This is so cool! Whitman is one of my favorite poets. It's really great to see how digital tools are helping to reshape and add meaning to the text for different readers. I look forward to checking out each of the weekly installments. 

Thank you for sharing!