This site offers visitors the opportunity to further explore several of the objects from Poet of the Body: New York’s Walt Whitman. Look for the markers with Whitman’s butterfly located throughout the exhibition to find these incredible objects!

In addition, use the goggles below to view stereographs of Whitman and 19th-century New York. To focus the image, push the buttons on the top and slide the lenses in and out.

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I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul,
The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me,
The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate into a new tongue.
“Song of Myself,” Leaves of Grass, 1881-1882.