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Three Verses

  • Whitman Archive Title: Three Verses
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00071
  • Repository ID: #3829
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts at the Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia
  • Box: 2
  • Folder: 6
  • Date: 1860s or 1870s
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 22.5 x 13.5 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: This manuscript seems to comprise notes and draft lines for two poems: "[One?] Song—Come Philander" and "Three verses." The poems were apparently never further developed and were never published. The leaf has been folded in half, and the verso contains two independent texts. One is a list of names and addresses including family members, friends, and supporters. The other seems to be notes for a newspaper announcement, beginning "Walt Whitman, after an absence of almost three years, appeared again on Pennsylvania Avenue this forenoon." Based on this date it can be speculated that the notes were written late in 1875 (a possibility corroborated by the list of names), but the poem(s) may have been inscribed in the late 1860s or earlier.

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