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[I for the old round earth]

  • Whitman Archive Title: [I for the old round earth]
  • Whitman Archive ID: hun.00022
  • Repository ID: HM 6714
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Repository Title: Preface to Leaves of Grass
  • Date: 1863-1867
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 2 leaves, handwritten
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  • Content: Although the repository labels this manuscript as a draft of the Preface to the 1855 Leaves of Grass , it appears to have been written in the mid-1860s and was potentially intended as the opening inscription to the 1867 edition of Leaves (Whitman has written "Inscription, to precede Leaves of Grass, when finished" at the top of the first leaf). While the poem in this form was never published, the line describing the Greek god Kronos as "brown-skinned" may have led to a similar description in "Chanting the Square Deific," which first appeared in Sequel to Drum-Taps in 1865.

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