Walt Whitman – “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (1856)

INTRODUCTION:  Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” is quite different from my memories of living in Brooklyn, which are more brightly colored and full of things made by people (rather than the crowds themselves), though with the same sense of vibrancy and speed.

In this informal annotated version, I’ve made a simple response to Whitman’s poem in photos rather than words, which run along the right-hand side of the poem (they’re not precisely matched with the lines of the poem, just in the order that made the most sense to me visually).

ANNOTATED DOCUMENT:  WhitmanWalt_CrossingBrooklynFerry

Annotations & photos by:  Rachel Linn

The annotated text is adapted from: