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Walt Whitman Birthplace Association: Jayne’s Hill Guided Virtual Hike with Andrew Rimby
July 5 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm| Free
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to present a guided hike with Andrew Rimby on Jayne’s Hill; the highest point on Long Island. This event will take place via Zoom on Sunday, July 5th at 1:00PM. Viewers can see the hike Walt Whitman took when visiting his childhood home in Long Island, New York. Andrew Rimby will share the natural beauty of the hike and read from Whitman’s “Paumanok” themed poetry collection. July 4th, Independence Day, is the anniversary of when Whitman self-published his first edition of “Leaves of Grass”; our event takes place the day afterward when Whitman would be excitedly promoting his monumental new book. Everyone is welcome to join us for this poetic journey into nature from their own home!
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can only keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/
“Sea-beauty! stretch’d and basking!” are the opening lines of Walt Whitman’s “Paumanok,” a poem that explores Long Island’s natural beauty, especially the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Whitman’s fascination with the natural water that surrounds Long Island comes from his knowledge of Jayne’s Hill, the highest point on Long Island. Whitman returned to Jayne’s Hill at least twice after moving from West Hills in 1823 with his family. He enjoyed the view that captured the woods, fields, and beaches of Long Island. He was known for venturing out from dawn to dusk taking in Long Island’s scenery with some food, water, and a good book in his hand. What better way to capture Whitman’s spirit than walking the same trail that he would have taken to get up to Jayne’s Hill and take in a few poems about Paumanok (how Whitman referred to Long Island).
Andrew Rimby is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English department at SBU. His dissertation, “The Pool of Narcissus: Transatlantic Homoerotic Attachments (1837-1901), argues that Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, and other 19th-century writers use ancient Greek allusions to express male homoerotic desire before the term “homosexuality” is invented. He is a 2019 Guiliano Global Fellow, a 2019-2020 Public Humanities Fellow, and a 2019 Stony Brook Graduate Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences.
Topic: Jayne’s Hill Hike with Andrew Rimby
Time: Jul 5, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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