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A rebellious genius, Whitman scorned literary restrictions and polite formality. With invigorating directness, his poetry welcomes the reader to share his passions and his world. Leaves of Grass is Whitman's title for the allinclusive collection of his poems. Revised and enlarged over a period of forty years, the collection includes poems teeming with life--the million-footed delights of Manhattan, the bustling view from the Brooklyn Ferry -- and sobered by loss -- the death of Abraham Lincoln, and the horrors of the Civil War hospitals. It is the definitive "Deathbed Edition" of 1892 that is presented here.
Though the sights and sounds of these poems are those of the nineteenth century, Whitman's freewheeling, open-ended style and earthy voice are totally modern. By turns joyous and haunting, sensual and spiritual, his poetry celebrates with fierce originality nature, the body, and the contradictions of the human soul.
As fresh today as it was when written over a century ago, Leaves of Grass remains one of the most ambitious and exciting works of American literature ever published.