Starting from Paumanok

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Poem by Whitman first published in Leaves of Grass in 1860 as “Proto-Leaf,” revised and given its present title in 1867, and further revised in 1881. Beginning with reference to his birth on Paumanok, the Indian name of Long Island, in 19 sections the poem treats such major themes as the subject matter with which the author will deal in all his writing, the New World and the United States, comradeship, love, individualism, equality, liberty, and the soul.

Subjects: Literature.

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