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Idea of New Po[em?]

  • Whitman Archive Title: Idea of New Po[em?]
  • Whitman Archive ID: tex.00108
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in the Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 5
  • Series: Works, 1846-1913 and undated
  • Date: about 1875
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten; printed
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  • Content: Brief note outlining a poem to express modern views of myth, religion, etc. Pasted at the bottom of the leaf is a clipping, taken from an unidentified newspaper, titled "King Ludwig's Latest Whim," which describes plans to move monumental religious statues to a mountain peak overlooking Oberammergau by means of a "street locomotive." The events described in the clipping occurred in 1875. It is unknown what connection, if any, this manuscript bears to published poems, though the "idea" it outlines is one that Whitman treated frequently.

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