This poem is Whitman’s literary manifesto, an elaborate and often confounding statement of his poetic project. Drum-Taps) From Pent-Up Aching Rivers " From pent-up aching rivers," Leaves of Grass (Book IV. From Paumanok starting I fly Hke a bird, Around and around to soar to sing the idea of all, To the north betaking myself to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada till I absorb Kanada in myself, to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are inimitable;) The final version is that of the 1881 edition. FROM PAUMANOK STARTING I FLY LIKE A BIRD. FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar, to sing the idea of all; To the north betaking myself, to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada, till I absorb Kanada in myself—to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are inimitable;) 5 From Paumanok Starting I Fly Like a Bird " From Paumanok starting I fly like a bird," Leaves of Grass (Book XXI. I use the wings of the land-bird and use the wings of the sea-bird, and look down as from a height, ... From Paumanok Starting I Fly Like a Bird. Walt Whitman: Drum-Taps. 1860 Full of Life Now " Full of life now, compact, visible," Leaves of Grass (Book V. Calamus) 1860 Germs From Paumanok starting I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar to sing the idea of all, To the north betaking myself to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada till I absorb Kanada in myself, to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are inimitable;) “Starting from Paumanok” first appeared in the 1860 edition of Leaves of Grass and was modified several times. Starting from fish-shape Paumanok where I was born, Well-begotten, and rais'd by a perfect mother, ... From Paumanok Starting I Fly Like a Bird 145. Children of Adam.) F ROM Paumanok starting, I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar, to sing the idea of all; To the north betaking myself, to sing there arctic songs. From Paumanok Starting I Fly Like a Bird From Paumanok starting I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar to sing the idea of all, To the north betaking myself to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada till I absorb Kanada in myself, to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are inimitable;) To Kanada, 'till I absorb Kanada in myself—to Michi-gan then, From Paumanok starting I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar and sing of all, To the north betaking myself to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada till I absorb Kanada in myself, to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs (they are inimitable;) This is the purpose of “Starting from Paumanok.” Paumanok is the Native American name for Long Island, a place where Whitman spent much time during his childhood visiting family. To fly in the clouds and winds with me, and play with the measureless light. FROM Paumanock starting, I fly like a bird, Around and around to soar, to sing the idea of all; To the north betaking myself, to sing there arctic songs, To Kanada, till I absorb Kanada in myself--to Michigan then, To Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, to sing their songs, (they are inimitable;) Then to Ohio and Indiana to sing theirs--to Missouri and Kansas and Arkansas, to sing theirs, To …