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Title: A Prairie Sunset

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 9, 1888

Publication information: New York Herald 9 March 1888: 6.

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

Whitman Archive ID: per.00119

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




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[FOR THE NEW YORK HERALD.]

A Prairie Sunset.1

Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver,
emerald, fawn,
The earth's whole amplitude and nature's mul-
tiform power consigned for once to colors;
The light, the genial air possessed by them—
colors till now unknown,
No limit, confine—not the Western sky alone—
the high meridian—North, South, all,
Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows
to the last.
WALT WHITMAN.

Notes:

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


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