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Hear my fife

  • Whitman Archive Title: Hear my fife
  • Whitman Archive ID: uva.00565
  • 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: 1
  • Folder: 88
  • Date: Between 1850 and 1860
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, 8 x 15 cm, handwritten
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  • Content: Whitman probably drafted this manuscript in the 1850s. The lines are versions of a line in a long manuscript poem titled "Pictures" (yal.00081), which probably dates to the mid- to late 1850s. Based on the first-person perspective in these draft lines, Emory Holloway has speculated that they likely were written after the line in "Pictures" ( Pictures: An Unpublished Poem of Walt Whitman [New York: The June House, 1927], 31). The first several lines of "Pictures" (not including this line) were eventually revised and published as "My Picture-Gallery" in The American in October 1880. The poem was later published in Leaves of Grass as part of the "Autumn Rivulets" cluster. Lines on the back of this leaf (uva.00260) appeared, in revised form, in the poem eventually titled "The Sleepers."

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