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A procession without halt

  • Whitman Archive Title: A procession without halt
  • Whitman Archive ID: owu.00001
  • Repository: Catalog of a Walt Whitman Poetry Manuscript in The Bayley-Whitman Collection, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio
  • 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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