Sunday, June 05, 2005

Whitman under the bridge


Arriving to partake of the delights at the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory on the Fulton Ferry Landing this afternoon, Daryl drew my attention to another instance of poetry literally writ large. And like Millay's poem across the river, it has a ferry theme.

Cut into the railing is an excerpt from Walt Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," specifically the 11th section, where he writes: "Stand up, tall masts of Mannahatta!--stand up, beautiful hills of Brooklyn! / Throb, baffled and curious brain! throw out questions and answers!"

Besides this Whitman poem and the delicious ice cream, the site is also famous for its view and a popular location for wedding pictures. On warm, clear weekends in the spring and summer, you can usually see brides and their entourages of photogs and attendants (including the groom, of course) posing before the skyline of Lower Manhattan.

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