Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions)

Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition (Dover Thrift Editions) Author Walt Whitman
ISBN-10 0486456765
ISBN-13 9780486456768
Year 2007-02-27
Pages 128
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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In 1855 Walt Whitman published at his own expense the first edition of Leaves of Grass a visionary volume oftwelve poems Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism which eschewed the general society and culture of the time thewriting is distinguished byan explosively innovative free verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter Exalting nature celebrating the human body and praising the senses and sexual love the monumental work was condemned as immoral Whitman continued evolving Leaves of Grass despite the controversy growing his influential work decades after its first appearance by adding new poems with each new printing This edition presents the originaltwelve poems from Whitman s premier 1855 publication of Leaves of Grass Included are some of the greatest poems of modern times Song of Myself I Sing the Body Electric and There Was a Child Went Forth works that continue toupset conventional notions of beauty and originality even today

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