In Whitman's Hand


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Title: The questions involved

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Between 1840 and 1860

Whitman Archive ID: tex.00451

Source: The Walt Whitman Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin. 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 deals with "Poetry fit for the New World," an idea Whitman pondered from the earliest stages of his poetic career. Edward Grier notes that the "handwriting and the subject matter suggest an early date" (Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts [New York: New York University Press, 1984], 4:1589).

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

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[cut away] [soon?] [even?] a Western point of view.All tThe points ^questions are involved is curious to discuss. What may be said, and opens long long vistas in connection, about Poetry fit for the New World? and what are the probabilities? While tThe British [illegible] foreigner prevails rules here for the present ^with absolute sway.—but Wwhat of the future?

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