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Leave-taking Words

  • Whitman Archive Title: Leave-taking Words
  • Whitman Archive ID: loc.00078
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Library of Congress
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
  • Series: Manuscripts
  • Date: 1870–1876
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 23.5 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: The page appears to be a draft of a title page for a manuscript titled "Leave-taking Words" or "Last Ripples (A Prelude to Passage to India)." At the bottom of the page are four lines from the end of "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," first published as "A Child's Reminiscence" in 1859. The lines from the poem are cleanly written, suggesting that they were meant to serve as an epigraph for Whitman's manuscript. "Passage to India" was published first in 1871. On the verso is a draft of a stanza of "Eidólons," first published in 1876. The verso also contains prose comments on the war, of which the connection to Whitman's published works is unknown.

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