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Leaves of grass

Author: Walt Whitman
Publisher: [Hollywood, Fla.] : Simon & Brown, ©2010, 1855.
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Inspired by transcendentalism, Whitman's immortal collection includes some of the greatest poems of modern times, including his masterpiece, "Song of Myself." Shattering standard conventions, it stands as an unabashed celebration of body and nature. "The most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walt Whitman was a poetic Visionary. He published the first  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walt Whitman
ISBN: 9781613820988 1613820984 9781936041671 1936041677
OCLC Number: 772932928
Description: 383 p. : 23 cm.
Contents: Inscriptions --
Children of Adam --
Calamus --
Birds of Passage --
Sea-Drift --
By the Roadside --
Drum-Taps --
Memories of President Lincoln --
Autumn Rivulets --
Whispers of Heavenly Death --
From Noon to Starry Night --
Songs of Parting --
Sands at Seventy --
Good-bye my Fancy.
Responsibility: by Walt Whitman.

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Inspired by transcendentalism, Whitman's immortal collection includes some of the greatest poems of modern times, including his masterpiece, "Song of Myself." Shattering standard conventions, it stands as an unabashed celebration of body and nature. "The most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson. Walt Whitman was a poetic Visionary. He published the first edition of this monumental work in 1855 and began his magnum opus with the words, "America does not repel the past of what it has produced." He asserted in his declaration: America is "essentially the greatest poem." And he qualified this remark by stating that the "genius of the United States," that which is at the core, the essence of the poem of America, is "always most in the common people." Whitman wrote for and about the common people, and wanted his work to somehow bring about a political renewal that would truly represent the grand Idea of democracy. In this book Whitman overturns centuries of Western political and social thought. Whitman's democratic vision was something so unprecedented in so many ways that his reception at first could be characterized as utter incomprehension. It is believed that only a couple hundred people, at most, read the original 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass and many of these readers did not know what to make of the book. Some people were completely outraged and offended. Others were enraptured. Whitman was the self appointed poet-prophet of America and created, where he saw a lack, a new democratic religious understanding for the modern world.

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