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Though so loving

  • Whitman Archive Title: Though so loving
  • Whitman Archive ID: duk.00183
  • Repository ID: MS q 99
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Trent Collection of Whitmaniana, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Date: 1870-1881
  • Genre: prose
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: Manuscript fragment comparing an unnamed poet (the repository finding aid suggests that it is Tennyson) to Walter Scott. It also contains a parenthetical description of Thomas Jefferson's assessment of Scott, a description which is echoed in Whitman's essay "The Poetry of the Future," which was first published in the North American Review in February 1881. The essay would later be revised, reprinted, and retitled "Poetry To-day in America—Shakspere—The Future" in Specimen Days (1882) and Complete Prose Works (1892).

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