Walt Whitman/W. D. Howells/

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Reading Journal Entry 1 "Song of Myself"� by Walt Whitman Song of Myself is a poem that conveys a great deal of insight into what he truly thinks and feels. Of course one thought stuck out in my mind more so than the rest. The first two lines from part three, "I have heard what the talkers were talking, the talk of the beginning and the end, But I do not talk of the beginning or end."� When I read this part, I stopped and thought for a minute about the beginning and end. In my experience, people who are in the midst of losing someone going through the beginning or end are less willing to discuss it, whereas people who are not encountering it tend to have no problems with discussing it. This is also true with me. I have never had to encounter the loss of someone close to me, but in the past three or four months my closest friend, my grandfather, has had some issues with his health.

Since this time, I now rarely wish to discuss this issue. But then again, what do I know about the beginning or end? "Editha"� by W. D. Howells This selection contained numerous notions, which were thought provoking to me, but one on page 260 caught my attention more than the others, "There is a sort of fascination in it. I suppose that at the bottom of his heart every man would like at times to have his courage tested, to see how he would act."� When I first read this I agreed with it 100% mainly because this is the way I feel. A life without any challenge would be beyond boring, but it would also never allow a person the ability to achieve any sense...