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Leaves of Grass (Collector's Library)

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by Walt Whitman
 

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I heard that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle the New World, And to define America, her athletic Democracy, Therefore I send you my poems that you behold in them what you wanted.

Walt Whitman's seminal, epic work of literature Leaves of Grass is a passionate, beautiful, vivid and emotional journey through the psychology and physicality

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I heard that you ask'd for something to prove this puzzle the New World, And to define America, her athletic Democracy, Therefore I send you my poems that you behold in them what you wanted.

Walt Whitman's seminal, epic work of literature Leaves of Grass is a passionate, beautiful, vivid and emotional journey through the psychology and physicality of one man and the country in which he was born. It includes love poetry, war poetry, verses of happiness and exuberance, verses of sadness and old age, as well as elegies and songs. It spans the whole range of human emotion and human existence, from man's expulsion from the Garden of Eden to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Criticized on its first publication for its frank and shocking depiction of sex, and for its unusual and innovative poetical style, Whitman's masterpiece is now seen as the greatest collection of poetry ever produced in America.

Walt Whitman was born on Long Island in 1819 - the second of nine children. His formal education was brief, and at the age of eleven he began work as an office boy, quickly becoming apprenticed to various printing firms. He would remain employed in different aspects of printing and publication throughout most of his adult life, working as a journalist and editor on such publications as the Long- Islander, The Evening Tattler and The New York Democrat. He began to write poetry and fiction in the early 1840s, and achieved his first success with the novel Franklin Evans. Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855, and from thereon Whitman's literary output was devoted to compiling new editions of the collection, which grew prodigiously in size over the six versions which were printed during his lifetime. Ill-health dogged him through his later years, and he died at the age of 72.

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ISBN-13:
9780760757826
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collector's Library
Edition description:
Pocket-Sized Unabridged Edition
Pages:
711
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 5.56(h) x 1.31(d)

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Leaves of grass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 137 reviews.
Susannah Clark More than 1 year ago
This book is not formatted at all. Each poem is one long paragraph, and there are not even extra returns after each poem; they all run together. It may not cost much, but it's still a waste of money.
UtahDesiree More than 1 year ago
Walt started it all and still continues to show his relevance with every passing decade. A life time poet who will always have my heart!
TamikaH2003 More than 1 year ago
while the formatting is awful it doesn't necessarily detract from the outstanding poetry that Walt W. has left us to ponder and love!
chillbillpill More than 1 year ago
I've always compared poetry to music lyrics. And like many albums, often there are just one or two songs which are really, really good. This book fits that model for me. It has a few very memorable poems, but several which, while not bad, require more work to derive the meaning. Still, for anyone interested beautiful language artfully arranged to create mental landscapes, this book is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing at first....but if you understand the life of vocabulary or hav a dictionary in handy yiure good to go....overall this book is five star worthy.
doncatalog More than 1 year ago
A friend of mine said she just didn't get poetry. It was Walt that invigorated her to dig deeper. Now she is a poetry lover.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this in hope that it wasn't as poorly formatted as other free poetry. I was wrong. If anything it was worse. Lines ran together, there was random punctuation, and none of the poems were separated. I woul not recommend this at all. I found it to be a waste of time no matter how free it was. Splurge a little and spend a dollar on a better version. You especially don't want to use this version for study as it will take you so much time t simply decifer, let alon study it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very insperational to me
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Walt Whitman's poems are sensational!I fell in love with his poems and now I read them all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read much poetry in the past 20+ years, including Walt¿s, and I still like his poetry very much. If you read Walt¿s poems before, then you know he¿s a great Poet. If you haven¿t read any of his work, then this is a good book to start off reading his poetic works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitman is the great American poet, the one whose spirit encompasses the vast catalogue of a continent in expansion. His language has a hypnotic rhythmic quality, and the colloquial collector of his own heightened perceptions is too a most sympathetic unraveler of the human soul. Apparently wound-dresser Whitman was a first - rate human being as well. There are parts of ' Leaves of Grass' I believe 'When I Heard the Learned Astronomer ' is one which belong in the Canon of Mankind , and will sing to us down through the 'Ages'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Leaves Of Grass is our American Master peice! He took poetry to a more complex level, simple free verse written from his soul. He was the first poet to inspire me as a poet.Each leaf falls from the tree of monumental size.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to know where free verse and modern poetry began, then look no further, it all began with Whitman. I remember the first time I read Song Of Myself; it was sheer joy. I had discovered another country, and believe me, I often go there when I need spiritual sustenance and refreshment. A great poet was this man, Walt Whitman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This edition of The Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, contains 12 poems, compared with the final, or deathbed edition of 1892, which contains hundreds. But this is Whitman at his best, with a vision so inclusive as to astonish. I believe this book to be one of the world's greatest spiritual texts - surprised? Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walt Whitman is one of the most influential and talented poets in the history of American Literature. His poems are beautiful and can easily be related to today. His ideas are romantic, almost transendental. Leaves of Grass is and will remain a favorite of this teenager.
bjdoureaux 5 months ago
Walt Whitman is hailed as one of the greatest American poets. I've wanted to read Leaves of Grass for many years, and finally got around to it, only to be disappointed. I don't know what to say other than this isn't my style of poetry. It feels like one long stream-of-conscious thought without any kind of cohesion. I've read some reviews that said this version had horrible formatting. And some said that the presentation was misleading, and it isn't the original edition, but an edition that Whitman edited and added to over the years, causing it to lose its power. Whatever the case may be, I made no connection to it at all. Not even enough for me to try another edition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Format was extremely frustrating on my nook glowlight
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For what?
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I had forgotten how much I love Walt Whitman. This copy of the first edition of Leaves of Grass has most of my favorite of his poems - if you have read or memorized from a later edition, much of the wording is different. Some of the poems have an entirely different slant - I prefer the original to those altered over time.... I treated myself to this and several other 'old favorites' when I got my income tax refund this year. Between the garden and Goodreads Giveaways I do not have the time I had for self-indulgent reading! This is one I will read more often.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's also not very strong... she's weak and not good at much. Scared, blind, weak, but very beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice reading when time permits me to think upon the common events of life.