Walt Whitman: Selected Poems

Walt Whitman: Selected Poems


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The poetry of Walt Whitman is the cornerstone of modern American verse. He was America's first truly great poet and his influence is still evident today. The first edition of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, published in 1855, was a revolutionary manifesto declaring America's independence from European cultural domination. His rhapsodic free verse broke radically with poetic, tradition: it was poetry about America, its democracy, its people, and its hopes. It was uniquely American without apology—brash, proud, optimistic, and filled with the bustling energy of the new and growing nation.
This collection brings together Whitman's greatest and most famous poems spanning the whole of his career. From the groundbreaking first edition of Leaves of Grass are seven poems, including "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the Body Electric."
From later editions there are such masterpieces as "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking," and "I Hear America Singing." Also included is Whitman's great cycle of Civil War Poems, Drum-Taps, which he wrote in the months when he was ministering to the wounded in battlefield hospitals. Concluding this collection is one of his last poems, "Good-bye My Fancy!"—his touching farewell to his muse, his life, and his readers.
More than one hundred years after his death, Walt Whitman's poetry has become part of the American heritage. It is a visionary which speaks as aptly to readers today as it will to future generations. As he says in "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "others...look back on me because I look'd forward to them." Whitman'spoetry is a link that connects all Americans—past, present, and future.
This book features a deluxe cover, ribbon marker, top stain, and decorative endpaper with a nameplate.

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ISBN-13: 9781931082327
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Series: American Poets Project
Pages: 221
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Walt Whitman: Selected Poems (American Poets Project) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitman's revisions and self-censorship -- which he felt necessary to protect his reputation as 'the good gray poet,' having lived into the era when people began to be consciously aware of 'homosexuality' -- significantly weakened his work.

This edition, which collects about half of Whitman's poetry, almost always in its original form, is -- pardon the cliché -- a breath of fresh air. Whitman's work is again vigorous and exciting. It's a must-have for anyone even remotely interested in Whitman -- especially those who don't like his poetry.

osunale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Whitman's poems delight in the concept of the self, with a heavy dose of appreciation for humankind in general. "Song of Myself" and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" are two particularly notable must-reads that combine almost prose-like readability with a deeply poetic understanding of man.
Magadri on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't generally read poetry, but Walt Whitman's poetry strikes me a certain way. This is honestly, the only poetry collection I've read all the way through. I really enjoy Whitman's use of words and my favorite poem was "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking." Beautiful.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't read them all. Somehow they remind me of Jack London. Strong imagery, though not as hopeless, celebrating the common. Perhaps this is great poetry, but it is too egocentric for my taste. A little goes a long way. I did enjoy the one about Lincoln fallen though.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was so awesome. Since i thought it was so awesome i tried eating it after i read the book. It was very good too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was good and sad but anyone who likes back than you will love it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!