In Whitman's Hand


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Title: Poem of Pictures

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: Before 1856

Whitman Archive ID: uva.00289

Source: Papers of Walt Whitman (MSS 3829), Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. 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: The poem proposed here is likely related to both "Pictures," a lengthy manuscript poem held at the Beinecke Library at Yale University that was probably written in the mid- to late-1850s, and "Poem of Salutation," first published in the 1856 edition of Leaves of Grass and later retitled "Salut au Monde!" Therefore, the date of this manuscript is probably before 1856.

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

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Poem of Pictures

Picture of one of the Greek games—wrestling, or the chariot-race, or running.

Each verse presenting a picture of some characteristic scene, event, group, or personage—old or new, other countries or our own country.—

Spanish bull fight

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