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Title: A Prairie Sunset

Creator: Walt Whitman

Date: March 9, 1888

Whitman Archive ID: per.00119

Source: New York Herald 9 March 1888: 6. Our transcription is based on a digital image of a microfilm copy of an original issue. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the periodical poems, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Elizabeth Lorang, April Lambert, and Susan Belasco

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A Prairie Sunset.1

Shot gold, maroon and violet, dazzling silver,
emerald, fawn,
The earth's whole amplitude and nature's mul-
tiform power consigned for once to colors;
The light, the genial air possessed by them—
colors till now unknown,
No limit, confine—not the Western sky alone—
the high meridian—North, South, all,
Pure luminous color fighting the silent shadows
to the last.


1. Reprinted in the "Sands at Seventy" annex to Leaves of Grass (1888). [back]


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