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Leaf [Sea-water, and all breathing]

  • Whitman Archive Title: Leaf [Sea-water, and all breathing]
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00204
  • 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
  • Folder: 50-51
  • Date: 1857-1859
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 2 leaves, 22 x 13 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: The poem was originally numbered 71 and then modified to 72. These 2 leaves contain verses first published in section 16 of the 1860 Leaves of Grass cluster. In 1867 Whitman transferred this poem to a different "Leaves of Grass" group with the poems that would become "Night on the Prairies" and "I Sit and Look Out." After receiving the title "The World Below the Brine" in the 1871 "Sea-Shore Memories" group of Passage to India , the final change was its transfer to the cluster "Sea Drift" within the main body of Leaves of Grass in 1881.

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