In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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[a chorus of]

? a chorus of
        voices, workers
        in far[m?]
———
The farm, the shop, the
        boat.

 
—idea—that we confront the
        sane, fresh, fruitful, ever
        youthful, Earth, our mother,
        —w
O Earth
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Date
This manuscript was likely written in 1871 after Whitman accepted the invitation from the American Institute to compose and recite a poem at the opening of its fortieth Annual Exhibition in New York City. Whitman read the poem on September 7, 1871, and it was published soon after that in several newspapers and in a small book.
Editorial note
This manuscript relates to the poem first published as "After All, Not to Create Only" in 1871. The poem was ultimately titled "Song of the Exposition."
The verso of the manuscript leaf has Department of Justice letterhead.
Location
After All Not to Create Only  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Whitman Archive ID
loc.00129

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