Wrong Idea #3 Resplendent

I’ve been out of it for a bit after my seasonal allergies turned in to a sinus infection, but I’m back this week with a new word, Resplendent, from Walt’s Children of Adam.


First person to guess the correct meaning in a comment gets a point!


Wrong Idea Contest #2: Extoller

Its the Wrong Idea Contest! This week’s exciting episode: “Extoller” from somewhere in Whitman’s Song of Myself.

Extoller(Its a little subtle. Look at the top sign on the left.)

So you guys know the drill, first person to comment with the correct answer gets a point, and the person with the most points at the end of the semester gets a big plate of cookies!

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Lithography: Image Gloss


Magnifying and applying come I,
Outbidding at the start the old cautious hucksters,
Taking myself the exact dimensions of Jehovah,
Lithographing Kronos, Zeus his son, and Hercules his grandson,
Buying drafts of Osiris, Isis, Belus, Brahma, Buddha,
In my portfolio placing Manito loose, Allah on a leaf, the crucifix

-Section 41 of Song of Myself (Audio)

Main Entry: li·thog·ra·phy

  • Pronunciation: \li-ˈthä-grə-fē\
  • Function: noun
  • Etymology: German Lithographie, from lith- + -graphie -graphy
  • Date: 1813

1 : the process of printing from a plane surface (as a smooth stone or metal plate) on which the image to be printed is ink-receptive and the blank area ink-repellent
2 : the process of producing patterns on semiconductor crystals for use as integrated circuits

Basically, a lithograph is what people used before Xerox machines were invented.

A Xerox machine is what people used before Ctrl+C was invented.

Lithography is a form of copying from an original master proof, to secondary copies using a few different methods. Offset printing is a form of lithography that is used to print most of today’s books. This differs from your usual home printer by instead of printing little dots of ink like your home printer, offset printing prints entire pages in one go based off of the master slab. When used in full color printing (like posters) separate masters are used for separate colors and they are all printed on one poster. This is ideal for high volume printing because of its speed, relative cheapness, and high fidelity.

Image by Andy Warhol definition by Webster

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What’s the Story?




Wrong Idea Contest #1: Mullein & Pokeweed

Each week I’m going to post a sketch or picture of a word or phrase I didn’t immediately understand from one of Walt Whitman’s works.

The trick is that these pictures are definitely not what the word means, but instead are what I thought they sounded like they mean.

This week “mullein & pokeweed” from “Song of Myself”.


Now the first person to leave what this really means in a comment gets a point, the person with the most points at the end of the semester gets a tray of cookies.

Let the games begin.

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Song of Joe D!

*Lines selected from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.

I know I am deathless.

I exist as I am, that is enough,
If no other in the world be aware I sit content,
And if each and all be aware I sit content.

One world is aware and by far the largest to me, and that is myself,
And whether I come to my own to-day or in ten thousand or ten
million years,
I can cheerfully take it now, or with equal cheerfulness I can wait.

My foothold is tenon’d and mortis’d in granite,
I laugh at what you call dissolution,
And I know the amplitude of time.

Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am
touch’d from,
The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer,
This head more than churches, bibles, and all the creeds.

This is why, this is why, this is why I’m hot.

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