In Whitman's Hand


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Title: The analogy

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: 1855 or earlier

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05176

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, 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Editorial note: Based on the handwriting, Edward Grier dates this manuscript to 1855 or earlier (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 1:176).

Contributors to digital file: Kirsten Clawson, Janel Cayer, Kevin McMullen, Nicole Gray, and Kenneth M. Price

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The analogy holds in this way—that the soul or Spirit of the Universe is the Father Male and genital Lord master, and the [animating and?] impregnating and animating spirit.—The Female All ^Universal Physical matter is the Female ^and Mother, and waits barren and bloomless, the jets of life from the masculine vigor, the undermost first cause of all vigor and motion that is not what Death is.—

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