Selected Poems

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Courier Dover Publications, 1991 - Poetry - 119 pages
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In his unconventional verse, Walt Whitman spoke in a powerful, sensual, oratorical, and inspiring voice. His most famous work, Leaves of Grass, was a long-term project that the poet compared to the building of a cathedral or the slow growth of a tree. During his lifetime, from 1819 to 1892, it went through nine editions. Today it is regarded as a landmark of American literature.
This volume contains 24 poems from Leaves of Grass, offering a generous sampling of Whitman's best and most representative verses. Featured works include "I Hear America Singing," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Song of the Open Road," "Out of Cradle Endlessly Rocking," "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," and "O Captain! My Captain!" — all reprinted from an authoritative text.
  

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User Review  - Jim - Goodreads

I really don't know how to describe Walt Whitman's writings. I personally love them, but then I love poetry and for those who don't it could be difficult or so reading. He wrote in free verse so there ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cory - Goodreads

Whitman is a poet who needs to be read slowly and deliberately, in a setting that allows for the reader to concentrate on the task at hand (take it from someone who read this on a city bus full of ... Read full review

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Contents

I Hear America Singing
1
I Sing the Body Electric
12
Once I Passd through a Populous City
20
I Hear It Was Charged against Me
21
Song of the Open Road
30
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
39
Song of the BroadAxe
44
Song of the RedwoodTree
54
Beat Beat Drums
78
The WoundDresser
79
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd
82
O Captain My Captain
89
By Blue Ontarios Shore
90
Passage to India
103
Prayer of Columbus
111
A Noiseless Patient Spider
113

A Song for Occupations
58
A Song of the Rolling Earth
65
Pioneers O Pioneers
70
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
73
So Long
114
Alphabetical List of Titles
117
Alphabetical List of First Lines
119
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About the author (1991)

One of America's most influential and innovative poets, Walt Whitman (1819–92) worked as a teacher, journalist, and volunteer nurse during the Civil War. Proclaimed as the nation's first "poet of democracy," Whitman reached out to common readers and opposed censorship with his overt celebrations of sexuality

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