In Whitman's Hand


About this Item

Title: The Air

Creator: Walt Whitman

Whitman Archive ID: nyp.00069

Source: The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature, New York Public Library. Transcribed from digital images of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of manuscripts, see our statement of editorial policy.

Editorial note: At one point, this manuscript likely formed part of Whitman's cultural geography scrapbook.

Contributors to digital file: Nicole Gray, Farrah Lehman, Ashlyn Stewart, and Kevin McMullen

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The Air (Space)

considered with reference to the earth—as all ^parts of the universe bear reference to each other, and all other things therefore bear down their influence more or less upon this earth.—

A Description of those things that may be said to be most closely related toidentified with the air, (—for movement, visibility, occupancy &c) as the orbs, space, light, heat (—as Silliman says—Cosmical—not Terrestrial)



The Sea

All the wonders of the Sea—the Sea covering three-fourths of the land


The Land

Physical facts of the land—as first its nebulous beginning—then its geology all through to the present—then its present beauty, reality, & diversity, as the home of man.—


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