In Whitman's Hand

Poetry Manuscripts

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America

No Homer, Shakspere, Voltaire
No palaces, Kings' palaces nor courts,
No r armies, navies on the land, nor navies on the sea,
 
But countless living equal men
Average free

Date
This manuscript was likely composed in the last two decades of Whitman's career (roughly 1870-1892) when he was more apt to mention other writers explicitly in his poetry.
Editorial note
The poem drafted on this manuscript was not published in Whitman's lifetime. Despite its title, this manuscript does not appear to be a draft of the published poem entitled "America."
The verso of the manuscript leaf is blank.
Location
America  |  The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Whitman Archive ID
loc.00006

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