Detroit Working Writers Conference: Workshop Facilitator

» Date: September 16, 2017 - 08:46 am

“Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman is perhaps the greatest poem ever written by an American. Extraordinary in manifold ways, the poem accomplished so much more than singing the poet’s own praises. Celebrated for its power, originality, and inventiveness, “Song of Myself” conveys the individuality of the poet, his connection to the world, and gives voice to his overwhelming love for humanity as well as addressing head-on the greatest challenge to this love: the problem of evil. In this class, we will look at the poem and figure out how we can use it as a jumping off point for facing ourselves in our own poems. Why is embracing the self so difficult? Why is it essential? How did Whitman (and how can we) transcend our individual experiences and create work that resonates with others?​

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