In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Life and Death

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1888

Whitman Archive ID: loc.00213

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. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This manuscript is a draft of "Life and Death," which was published first in the New York Herald on May 23, 1888. The manuscript was probably written in the spring of 1888, shortly before the poem was published.

Notes written on manuscript: On leaf 1 verso, in unknown hand: "ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM BY WALT WHITMAN"

Contributors to digital file: Nick Krauter, Melody S. Han, Nicole Gray, Andrew Jewell, Kenneth Price, and Brett Barney

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Life and Death

The two old ^simple problems ever

For eEver intertwined

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For By [illegible] each successive age pass'd on
insoluble, pass'd on,

To ours to-day—and we pass on. the same

^Close home, Elusive, simple, present, baffled, grappled, foil'd baffled,

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