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Title: wainscot

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before or early in 1856

Whitman Archive ID: loc.07428

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 the manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: This manuscript features a list of terms, many of which are found in "Broad-Axe Poem," first published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass. It is likely, therefore, that the list was written before or early in 1856.

Related item: On the back of this leaf is a poetry manuscript with lines that appeared in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass, in the poem that would eventually be titled "Song of Myself."

Contributors to digital file: Sandy Byrd, Charles Green, Farrah Lehman, Kenneth M. Price, Nicole Gray, and Kevin McMullen

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wainscot, g
hut g
dwelling g
g prop
f trellis
l edifice
g window
f g sash
g vane
g shutter
g shingle
g rail
c garret
c lath
c gable
f jamb
f wicket
f lintel, the head piece of a door or window-frame
f balustrade
f balcony
f panel
f pilaster a square column, or half a one
l cornice
l library
l turret
l cellar
l recess
c tent
f dungeon
f pillory
f kennel
f citadel, a place of defence in or near a city
l academy, a grove at Athens, a high school

bear's cubs
wolf's cubs
l hospital a house for strangers—for the infirm and poor.
g Corinthian, pertaining to Corinth—a delicate style of building
g Doric—of the Dorians—a simple and strong style of building
g Ionic,—of the Ionians—a slender and majestic order of building
g pew
l pulpit
l organ
l cathedral
g tub
g hoop
f chair
f table
g clumsy
c limber
c fagot
g drub
g bounce
g cruller
l crisp
g mash
g crumble
g slice
f mitten
f gusset, angular piece of cloth
l cincture, the belt or girdle worn round the body,
c darn
g nip
g spirt
c lubber
f chum

[illegible] crackling
g plump
c tall
g gait
g groin
l tendon, a bundle of fibres by which a muscle is joined to a bone
f fibre, a thread, a fine part of the flesh of the body
g lusty
bulky, hardy, strong stout, powerful, rough, muscular, vigorous, robust, vital, physical,
[f?] jump
[g?] shiver
f pant
g skill
g blear, sore and watery, as the eye
c freckle
c shout
c bump
l suture, the knitting or seam of the bones of the head
l mandible, that which chews, as the jaw.
l lineaments the outline of the features
g haggard
g wry
f molar, having the power to grind, as the molar teeth.
g [craunch?]

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