9780140424515 / 0140424512

The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)


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Publisher:Penguin Classics, 2005



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In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of Americas most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation, and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful Song of Myself and I Sing the Body Electric to the elegiac When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd, Whitmans art fuses oratory, journalism, and song in a vivid celebration of humanity. Containing all Whitmans known poetic work, this edition reprints the final, or deathbed, edition of Leaves of Grass (189192). Earlier versions of many poems are also given, including the 1855 Song of Myself.
  • Features a completely newand fullerintroduction discussing the development of Whitman's poetic career, his influence on later American poets, and his impact on the American cultural sensibility
  • Includes chronology, updated suggestions for further reading, and extensive notes

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