Title: After the Argument
Creator: Walt Whitman
Date: 1890 or 1891
Whitman Archive ID: loc.00001
Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from The Walt Whitman Archive I: Whitman Manuscripts at the Library of Congress, ed. Joel Myerson (New York: Garland, 1993), 1:121; Major American Authors on CD-Rom: Walt Whitman (Westport, CT: Primary Source Media, 1997). The transcription was then checked against digital images of the original. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.
Editorial note: "After the Argument" was published first in Lippincott's Magazine, March, 1891. This manuscript was likely written in 1890 or early 1891, shortly before the poem's publication.
Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth M. Price, Brett Barney, Zach Bajaber, Nick Krauter, Melissa Sinner, and Justin St. Clair
After an ^the unsolv'd argument
group of little children, and their
ways and chatter, flow in, upon me
Like ^welcome rippling
water o'er my
heated ^nerves and flesh.