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Title: Mannahatta

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: February 27, 1888

Publication information: New York Herald 27 February 1888: 4.

Source: Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue.

Whitman Archive ID: per.00099

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco




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MANNAHATTA.1

My city's fit and noble name resumed,2
Choice aboriginal name, with marvellous beauty,
meaning
A rocky founded island, where ever gayly dash
the coming, going, hurrying sea waves.
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]

2. Mannahatta, meaning "land of many hills," is the Native American name Whitman uses for New York City. In the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass, Whitman italicized the final line and changed it to read, "A rocky founded island—shores where ever gayly dash the coming, going, hurrying sea waves." [back]


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