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Title: From Montauk Point

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 1, 1888

Publication information: New York Herald 1 March 1888: 6.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00112

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




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FROM MONTAUK POINT.1

TO THE EDITOR OF THE HERALD:—

I stand as on some mighty eagle's beak,2
Eastward the sea absorbing, viewing, (nothing
but sea and sky)
The tossing waves, the foam, the ships in the
distance,
The wild unrest, the snowy, curling caps—that
inbound urge and urge of waves,
Seeking the shores forever.
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

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

2. Montauk Point, now part of Montauk Point State Park in New York, is on the far eastern end of Long Island. [back]


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