Leaves Of Grass

Leaves Of Grass

Book - 1983
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One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. Leaves Of Grass is his one book.nbsp;nbsp;First published in 1855 with only twelve poems, it was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful gift . . . the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed."nbsp;nbsp;Over the course of Whitman's life, the book reappeared in many versions, expanded and transformed as the author's experiences and the nation's history changed and grew.nbsp;nbsp;Whitman's ambition was to creates something uniquely American.nbsp;nbsp;In that he succeeded.nbsp;nbsp;His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character.nbsp;nbsp;From his solemn masterpieces "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Whitman's work lives on, an inspiration to the poets of later generations.
Publisher: New York Bantam Books 1983
ISBN: 9780553211160
0553211161

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"Do anything, but let it produce joy."
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

Come, my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready;
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers!

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daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

This is some of the first poetry that I actually enjoyed! I had read all kinds of poetry and never really got it or cared to, until I read "Pioneer's O' Pioneers" by Walt Whitman. That was 15 years ago and that poem still speaks to me. Whitman eventually led me to reading stuff by authors like Richard Brautigan and William Blake. Thanks Walt.

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