Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”

“My own favorite loafing places have always been the rivers, the wharves, the boats—I like sailors, stevedores. I have never lived away from a big river.” –Whitman

Whitman first published “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in the second edition of Leaves of Grass (1856) under the title “Sun-Down Poem.” Below is the first page; visit The Walt Whitman Archive to see the whole text.  Also check out Howard Nelson’s entry on the poem in The Walt Whitman Encyclopedia for an analysis and some useful background information. 

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