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Courier Corporation, 1991 - Poetry - 119 pages
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Called by literary critic Mark Van Doren "the most original and passionate American poet, " Walt Whitman (1819-1892) created a body of verse uniquely his known--unconventional, lacking rhyme or meter, employing chanted lists of names and objects--but also powerful, sensual, oratorical and inspiring.
 

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User Review  - AlbinoRhino - LibraryThing

I don't generally read poetry, but Walt Whitman's poetry strikes me a certain way. This is honestly, the only poetry collection I've read all the way through. I really enjoy Whitman's use of words and my favorite poem was "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking." Beautiful. Read full review

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User Review  - MrsLee - LibraryThing

I didn't read them all. Somehow they remind me of Jack London. Strong imagery, though not as hopeless, celebrating the common. Perhaps this is great poetry, but it is too egocentric for my taste. A little goes a long way. I did enjoy the one about Lincoln fallen though. 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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