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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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Library Journal
These inaugural volumes in "The American Poets Project" series form a useful introduction to the evolution of modern American poetry in loose historical progression. The volume on Whitman, father of modern American poetry, restores the voice of a poet who initiated free verse to speak of a growing America and thus takes us into the 20th century and beyond. Fortunately, editor Bloom ignores all of the psycho-social-sexual labels doled out to Whitman and lauds him simply as "the principal writer that America...has brought to us." Selections include some of Whitman's best, e.g., "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" and the spiritual bridge between Whitman and his future readers, "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry." Millay, one of America's strongest female poets, is similar in her metrics to 19th-century poets, but her flamelike intensity is pure 20th century. When she died in 1950, her poetry almost died with her; not until after the women's rights movements did her once acclaimed verse resurface. Editor McClatchy provides a generous sample of her poetry, highlighting her early years ("Renascence," "A Few Figs from Thistles"), the lesser-known poems never before published, and the posthumously published "Mine the Harvest." World War II sliced the 20th century in half and forever changed the American way of life as idealism and self-reliance ceded to franchising and instant gratification. The poets appearing in the World War II anthology-compiled by Harvey Shapiro, himself a poet of the war-portend this major mind shift by their tone, which questions rather than sanctions patriotism, valor, and the values of the 1940s. Arranged by the poets' birth dates, the poems include Robinson Jeffers's cynical nod to violence as a natural cause of earth events; Randall Jarrell's graphic depictions of airborne death; and John Ciardi's whimsical renditions of horror. Lastly, Karl Shapiro, one of the more influential voices of the late 20th century, displayed complex and contrary tendencies in both his life and his poetry. Editor Updike notes that Shapiro's experimentation with voices and forms alienated those who admired the metrical dexterity of his early poems. This commanding new series, which the Library of America will expand each spring and fall season by adding two or three titles, is a worthy addition to all libraries.-Nedra Crowe Evers, Sacramento P.L., CA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781314375275
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/23/2013
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
"I am your voice - It was tied in you - In me it begins to talk" 3
"I am the poet of reality" 3
"One touch of a tug of me has unhaltered all my senses but feeling" 4
"Afar in the sky was a nest" 6
"The crowds naked in the bath" 7
"In vain were nails driven through my hands" 7
"There is no word in any tongue" 8
Song of Myself 11
"I wander all night in my vision" [The Sleepers] 95
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 109
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking 117
I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life 126
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd 130
Poets to Come 145
To the Garden the World 145
From Pent-up Aching Rivers 146
I Sing the Body Electric 149
A Woman Waits for Me 160
Spontaneous Me 162
Ages and Ages Returning at Intervals 165
O Hymen! O Hymenee! 166
I Am He that Aches with Love 166
Facing West from California's Shores 166
As Adam Early in the Morning 167
In Paths Untrodden 171
Scented Herbage of My Breast 172
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Hand 174
Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearances 176
City of Orgies 178
I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growing 178
On the Beach at Night 183
The World Below the Brine 184
A Hand-Mirror 185
The Dalliance of the Eagles 186
As Toilsome I Wander'd Virginia's Woods 187
The Wound-Dresser 188
Reconciliation 192
There Was a Child Went Forth 192
Chanting the Square Deific 199
A Noiseless Patient Spider 202
O Living Always, Always Dying 203
The Last Invocation 203
A Clear Midnight 204
Good-Bye my Fancy 204
When the Full-Grown Poet Came 204
Good-Bye my Fancy! 205
"Respondez! Respondez!" 206
Biographical Note 213
Note on the Texts 215
Notes 217
Index of Titles and First Lines 219
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  • Anonymous

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    The most bag for you buck!

    I loved all of the Poems. It was really up lifting to read his writing before and after work! The fact that you can buy this book for only a buck really make me happy, because anyone can have access to Walt Whitmen. I am still amazed.

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