In Whitman's Hand


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Title: No patriotism

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Undated

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03402

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the marginalia and annotations, see our statement of editorial policy.

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No patriotism in him

A certain smell taint of having consulted authorities.—

The English dread of being ^quizzed or laughed ata [illegible]^—a certain formality & limitne as of one who has never lost a clergyman's restraint metes & bounds


Of course ^the amount of what Emerson gives us is better than the old conventionalism of literature, but the da

Instead of ^the Storm beating, the wind blowing, free, the the savage throat, the ecstasy and abandon of the prarie, the dashing sea, we have always a polite person, amid a well-dressed assembly, in a parlor, talking about Plutarch, Astronomy, ? ? good behaviour, the impropriety of laughing &c. and evidently dominated by the English


A certain snobbishness even—

what is the good if ^after all it ^really only substi- tutes another conventionalism

We want freedom, strength faith, self-support, cleanness

What have we?


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