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What did Walt Whitman mean by "a pennant universal"?

He is talking about a "spiritual" "flag" for all sailors. Whitman starts by talking about the different flags of different nations. But by line three he is talking about "one ...
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What did Walt Whitman mean by "a pennant universal"?

Not a kind of pennant , but pennants in general. Adjectival postposition (and strange syntax/anastrophe in general) is a classic poetic device, particularly in older texts. As A Poet's Glossary ...
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