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Catalog of a Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscript in The Bayley-Whitman Collection, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio

Original records created by the Bayley-Whitman Collection, Ohio Wesleyan University and expanded by the Walt Whitman Archive based upon information from the repository. Encoded Archival Description completed with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Individual items at this repository

  • Whitman Archive Title: A procession without halt
  • Whitman Archive ID: owu.00001
  • Box: 3
  • Folder: 12
  • Date: undated
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: The date is unknown. Whitman used the image of a procession many times in his poetry, including in section 38 of "Song of Myself" and in section 6 of "Return of the Heroes" (in the final versions of those poems). However, this manuscript is most likely a draft toward a different poem altogether. It is possible these lines were composed between 1861 and 1870, when Whitman had most reason to employ imagery of marching.

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