Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass

Teacher Institute on Poetry and Literature


Thursday, August 18, 2005, 2005; 9 am - 4 pm
Or Saturday, October 22, 2005; 9 am - 4 pm


The Learning Center, James Madison Building of the Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, DC


25 educators from around the country


Provided educators with an opportunity to engage in discovery learning and to develop strategies to teach about Poetry and Literature with Library of Congress primary sources.

The Institute featured the exhibition Revising Himself: Walt Whitman and the Leaves of Grass as well as Poetry180 a program developed by Billy Collins former Poet Laureate of the United States. Educators had a chance to make the American Memory virtual collections REAL for their students. They learned to download and use images, texts, maps, sound recordings and films off line, to make history “come alive” for students.

(Registration was limited to the first 25 applicants for either date)

Read More About It:

  • Allen, Gay Wilson and Ed Folsom, eds. Walt Whitman and the World. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1995.
  • Ceniza, Sherry. Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Women Reformers. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1998.
  • Epstein, Daniel Mark. Lincoln and Whitman: Parallel Lives in Civil War Washington. New York: Ballantine Books, 2004.
  • Killingsworth, Jimmie. Whitman's Poetry of the Body. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.
  • Loving, Jerome. Walt Whitman: The Song of Himself. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
  • Miller, Edwin Haviland. Selected Letters of Walt Whitman. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1990.
  • Morris, Roy, Jr. The Better Angel: Walt Whitman in the Civil War. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Pannapacker, William. Revised Lives: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth-Century Authorship. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Price, Kenneth M. To Walt Whitman, America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
  • Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

For Children and Young Adults:

  • Kerley, Barbara. Walt Whitman: Words for America. New York: Scholastic Press, 2004.
  • Loewen, Nancy. Walt Whitman. Mankato, Minnesota: Creative Editions, 1994.
  • Reef, Catherine. Walt Whitman. New York: Clarion Books, 1995.
  • Whitman, Walt. Nothing But Miracles: From Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. Susan L. Roth, illustrator. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2003.

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