Shelley Douma

English and Drama Faculty
    Ph.D.,  University of Oregon,  Theater Arts
    M.A.,    Purdue University,  English
    B.A.,    Calvin College,   English, and Communication
and Sciences (with an emphasis in Theater)
Fall 2015 Classes:
    English 102 VI and OL
    American Literature III (English 246)
    Introduction to Fiction (English 112)

Contact Information:
     office: 4169  (I will be off campus until mid-November)

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Song of the Open Road, Walt Whitman


AFOOT and light-hearted, I take to the open road, 
Healthy, free, the world before me, 
The long brown path before me, leading wherever I choose. 
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune—I myself am good fortune; 
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing,        
Strong and content, I travel the open road. 
The earth—that is sufficient; 
I do not want the constellations any nearer; 
I know they are very well where they are; 
I know they suffice for those who belong to them. 
(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens; 
I carry them, men and women—I carry them with me wherever I go; 
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them; 
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.)


From this hour, freedom!
From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines, 
Going where I list, my own master, total and absolute, 
Listening to others, and considering well what they say, 
Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, 
Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me. 
I inhale great draughts of space; 
The east and the west are mine, and the north and the south are mine. 
I am larger, better than I thought; 
I did not know I held so much goodness. 
All seems beautiful to me; 
I can repeat over to men and women, You have done such good to me, I would do the same to you. 
I will recruit for myself and you as I go; 
I will scatter myself among men and women as I go; 
I will toss the new gladness and roughness among them; 
Whoever denies me, it shall not trouble me; 
Whoever accepts me, he or she shall be blessed, and shall bless me.