Case, Christopher David. “"I See You Face to Face"”, Boston College, 2004. http://hdl.handle.net/2345/445.
In this paper, I argue that Walt Whitman alters his poetic program from his first to second edition of Leaves of Grass. By intensifying the emphasis on individuality and personality, Whitman overcomes the limitations of his vastness by allowing for intimate contact with a future reader. I continue to argue that the poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" exemplifies the emphasis on individuality and personal union. Instead of assuming a relationship with his reader, Whitman sets for himself the goal of making this relationship possible.