In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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sorrow (saxon)
grieve
sad
mourn (sax)
" ing
" ful
melancholy
dismal
heavy‑hearted
tears
black
sobs —ing
sighing
funeral rites
wailing
lamenting
mute grief
eloquent silence
bewail
bemoan
deplore
regret deeply
loud lament
pitiful
loud weeping
violent lamentation
anguish
wept sore
depression
pain of mind
passionate regret
afflicted with grief
cast down
downcast
gloomy
serious
sympathy
moving compassion
tenderness
tender-hearted
full of pity
obscurity
partial or total darkness
(as the gloom of a forest—gloom of midnight)
cloudy
cloudiness
" of mind
mind sunk in gloom
soul " " "
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dejection
dejected
 
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[shades?] of night
heavy
dull—sombre
sombre shades
" ness
affliction
oppress—oppressiove
" ion
prostration
humble—humility
suffering—silent suffering
burdensome
Distress—distressing
Calamity
Extreme anguish (either of mind or body)
Misery
torture
harrassed
weighed down
trouble
deep affliction
plaintive
Calamity
disaster
something that strikes down—as by Almighty
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Date
This manuscript was likely written soon after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in April 1865.
Editorial note
This list of descriptive terms was made as Whitman composed his elegy for Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," a poem published first in 1865.
Location
Beat! Beat! Drums!  |   The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Whitman Archive ID
loc.00052

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