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Living Pictures

  • Whitman Archive Title: Living Pictures
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00516
  • 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
  • Repository Title: "A Cluster of poems" and "Living Pictures"
  • Date: Before 1855
  • Genre: prose, poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: The handwriting and Whitman's use of the long "s" in several of the words suggest that this is an early manuscript. It is possible that these lines are early notes for the second poem in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass , eventually titled "A Song for Occupations." This manuscript may also relate to yal.00081 ("Pictures"), a lengthy manuscript poem held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University that was probably written in the mid- to late-1850s. On the back of this leaf (uva.00086) is a list, almost certainly written later than the prose on the front, of subjects on which to write "a cluster of poems."

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