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Unformatted text preview: through his mind, from the “people [he] meets” to the “nation”. 2. This poem [Crossing Brooklyn Ferry] illustrates the reason for the existence of courses called humanities—explain. In “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”, the speaker is writing to all those who come after him, referring to future events from his perspective as well as describing his own observations of the present in order that the later reading and rider of the ferry may build upon these observations. Therein lies the humanity. The Humanities study writers who have come before in order to learn from them and build upon their knowledge. Whitman perfectly embodies the purpose of the Humanities in his poem: he writes to convey his thoughts and knowledge to the generations forthcoming that they may build upon him....
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