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But no one is quite sure what this “something” is. What we do know is that Whitman’s most mutable (and mutated) of books is discernibly different following 1865: its poems tend to be briefer, thinner, and more condensed; its lines are less populated by the bodies of artisans, and more replete with memories and fantasies of return; while death, which Whitman once deemed nothing but “good manure,” comes to acquires a new prominence and irrepressible force (LG 1:80). To account for this transformation, critics have described Whitman’s postwar career as the fruit of a politico-aesthetic weakening or decline.
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The pump, the piledriver, the great derrick . the coalkiln and Whitman’s Latencies 59 brickkiln, Ironworks or whiteleadworks . the sugarhouse . steam-saws, and the great mills and factories; [. . . . . . . . . . ] In them the heft of the heaviest . . in them far more than you estimated, and far less also, In them, not yourself . . you and your soul enclose all things, regardless of estimation, In them your themes and hints and provokers . if not, the whole earth has no themes or hints or provokers, and never had.