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In the gymnasium

  • Whitman Archive Title: In the gymnasium
  • Whitman Archive ID: yal.00452
  • Repository: Catalog of the Walt Whitman Literary Manuscripts in The Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • Box: 3
  • Folder: 140
  • Date: Between 1850 and 1860
  • Genre: poetry
  • Physical Description: 1 leaf, handwritten
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  • Content: Whitman probably drafted this manuscript in the early to mid-1850s. Versions of these lines appeared in a long manuscript poem titled "Pictures," which probably dates to the mid- to late 1850s. The first several lines of "Pictures" (not including these lines) 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. Poetic lines drafted on the back of this manuscript leaf (yal.00483) likely contributed to the poem eventually titled "Song of Myself."

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