Whitman: Poetry And Prose
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This Library of America edition is the most comprehensive volume of the work of Walt Whitman ever published. It includes all of his poetry and what he considered his complete prose. It is also the only collection that includes, in exactly the form in which it appeared in 1855, the first edition of Leaves of Grass. This was the book, a commercial failure, which prompted Emerson's famous message to Whitman: I greet you at the beginning of a great career. These twelve poems, including what were later to be entitled Song of Myself and I Sing the Body Electric, and a preface announcing the author's poetic theories were the first stage of a massive, lifelong work. Six editions and some thirty-seven years later, Leaves of Grass became one of the central volumes in the history of world poetry.Each edition involved revisions of earlier poems and the incorporation of new ones. In 1856, for example, he added such poems as Crossing Brooklyn Ferry and Spontaneous Me; in the third edition (1860), Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking and two new sections, Calamus and Children of Adam. In the fourth (1867), he incorporated the Civil War poems published a few years earlier as Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps, including the poems on the death of Lincoln, notably When Lilacs Last in Read More chevron_right
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