Ralph Waldo Emerson issued a call for a great poet to capture and immortalize the unique American experience In 1855, an answer came with Leaves of Grass Today, this masterful collection remains not only a seminal event in American literature but also the incomparable achievement of one of America s greatest poets an exuberant, passionate man who loved his country andRalph Waldo Emerson issued a call for a great poet to capture and immortalize the unique American experience In 1855, an answer came with Leaves of Grass Today, this masterful collection remains not only a seminal event in American literature but also the incomparable achievement of one of America s greatest poets an exuberant, passionate man who loved his country and wrote of it as no other has ever done Walt Whitman was a singer, thinker, visionary, and citizen extraordinaire Thoreau called Whitman probably the greatest democrat that ever lived, and Emerson judged Leaves of Grass as the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed The text presented here is that of the Deathbed or ninth edition of Leaves of Grass, published in 1892 The content and grouping of poems is the version authorized by Whitman himself for the final and complete edition of his masterpiece With a foreword by Billy Collins, an afterword by Peter Davison, and a new introduction by Elisabeth Panttaja Brink
Leaves of Grass Ralph Waldo Emerson issued a call for a great poet to capture and immortalize the unique American experience In an answer came with Leaves of Grass Today this masterful collection remains not o
Whitman used to right fake reviews under false names for Leaves of Grass and send them to publishers, newspapers, and periodicals I love that about him So over the top He had love for everything Especially himself As for the quality of the work the words speak for themselves This is what you shall do Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concernin [...]
In Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman sings nature and his symbiosis with America, he sings the universe and his awareness of it all, but above all he sings the people and their quest for individuality and immortality The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it And here he includes himself with all his mysticism and spiritual illuminations In that, it is a celebration of humanity, his country and everything in it Some parts of his poems were so beautiful [...]
Whitman sings the song of America like no other poet I know the outsized joy and pain, the affinity for common folk and the love of nature and the sheer overwhelming feeling of every sight and sound and industrious noise around him I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, he wrote Because of this some are tempted to see Whitman as a poet of pure exuberance like a proto hippie or, worse, like a garrulous Hallmark card But Whitman doesn t shy away from pain at all he embraces it like he e [...]
Alright, my rating here is very misleading I haven t read Leaves Of Grass I don t even intend to read Leaves Of Grass Not all the way through any way It seems sort of weird to just read a big fat collection of poetry all the way through The five star rating is for one poem, Song of the Open Road.I ve never really appreciated poetry I ve liked song lyrics and that s poetry, but it seemed like I needed a tune to go with it I ve liked scripture which can be pretty poetic, but it seemed I needed rel [...]
When Leaves of Grass was first published, critics applauded Whitman only that he did not burn the mass of stupid filth immediately upon completion They primarily objected to its sensual and occasionally rather overtly homoerotic content Nowadays, of course, it seems entirely too mild to raise an objection on those grounds, but man, oh man, I understand the impulse to want to turn this book into kindling.It s less like THISd like THIS.This weighty poetic tome has all the weaknesses inherent to s [...]
It is becoming increasingly trendy to chalk up success to practice and hard work We have the famous 10,000 hours from Malcolm Gladwell s Outliers, and a similar theme from Joshua Foer s Moonwalking with Einstein, just to name two examples But it seems to me that some people were just born to do what they did, that no amount of practice could ever have produced something so fresh, original, new, and revolutionary.Take Montaigne He invented a new genre the essay , pioneered a free and easy prose s [...]
Leaves of Grass is like reading every single instant message that I and a friend of mine ever wrote to one another over the course of the last ten years Likely way too long, too self serving and would have shocked the general public if they cared to read it when it was written But nestled in there are some real, true brilliant moments.This is after all Whitman s life work, laid bare and un edited for the most part What else are we to expect He is literally singing a song of himself, which he bel [...]
Adeus, minha Fantasia Adeus, querida companheira, minha amada Vou, mas n o sei para onde vou,Nem qual ser a minha sorte, nem se alguma vez nos voltaremos a ver,Por isso, adeus, minha Fantasia Agora, a minha ltima vontade deixa me olhar para tr s por um instante Cada vez mais lento e leve o tiquetaque do rel gio dentro de mim,Retirada, anoitecer, e em breve a surda palpita o que p ra.Convivemos, alegr mo nos e consol mo nos durante muito tempo Foi magn fico Agora separamo nos Adeus, minha Fantasi [...]
Holy shit this is self important and tedious update This has sat untouched on my desk all year I can think of a hundred books I d rather start than finish this, so I doubt I ll pick it back up unless I run out of books to read, I m too poor to buy any books, all my friends turn on me and refuse to loan me anything else, and all the nearby libraries are set on fire simultaneously.
There s only so much rhetoric on American imperialism I can ingest and assimilate at a stretch Later, Mr Whitman paused at 47%
Did you know that the letters in Leaves of Grass can be rearranged to spell Asses of Gravel If you find yourself anagramming the letters in the title rather than reading the poetry, it s a good sign you re not into the book But I really wanted some of whatever Whitman was smoking that made him so ecstatically, ebulliently enthusiastic about every molecule on the planet Including his own b.o The scent of these arm pits aroma finer than prayer Huh Was this guy sniffing glue along with those arm pi [...]
A child said, What is the grass fetching it to me with full hands How could I answer the child I do not know what it is any than he.I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped,Bearing the owner s name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose I m no expert on Walt Whitman, and given that this poem Song of Myself has been celebrated by every [...]
Song of Myself is a work of pure genius comparable to Shakespeare s greatest I love these last three stanzas especially When my wife and I were dating long distance and when I was deployed, I would end alot of my letters with I stop somewhere waiting for you I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love.If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,And filter and fibre your blood.Fai [...]
Literary rapture I don t know how else I could describe my first experience reading Leaves of Grass It was pure literary rapture I highly recommend Leaves of Grass to everyone especially those who still believe, or want to believe, in the basic goodness of the American Experiment Pick up the slim first edition Whitman revised and expanded Leaves of Grass throughout his life The final product, which is what is most often seen on bookshelves, is a bloated, redundant beast Read the whole thing, int [...]
Unlike many Americans, I was not introduced to Walt Whitman during my school years through English Literature Composition classes, but through a magnificent and beautiful film called Dead Poets Society.I fell in love with his poetry then, of course, not all of his poetry is shown, for the film speaks of literature and its importance to human consciousnesses, rather than the different dead poets, but it did introduce me to O Captain My Captain which is not in this collection, and I am so angry a [...]
Yeaaah got through this I m going to be able to concentrate on my other readings now University work What s funny is that I had to do this book already a couple of years ago for another class and I actually hadn t even bothered with buying or reading the book I guess what comes around comes around.
First the pros Whitman s free verse is years ahead of its time I kept having to remind myself that he published this work in 1855 Wordsworth had only been dead for five years, Tennyson and Browning were at the height of their powers and Longfellow was still churning them out Whitman was an important moderniser.His verse has tremendous energy It crackles off the page and I was often swept giddily along by the blizzard of words Plus, there are some truly striking images to be found At its best, hi [...]
Holy crap this is boring and pretentious Admittedly, I don t like poetry, but I m trying to make my way through some books that are considered classics This is a DNF for me IMO, poetry needs to rhyme I ll stick with Dr Seuess from now on.
Few people know that I curl up with Song of Myself whenever i am depressed i gave a nice boy from England my beautiful edition once as a birthday gift, so now i curl up with this dreadful Norton Anthology edition where the pages are thinner than onion skins once i get to the end and reread some of my favorites bits i always find i am ready to rejoin the family of mankind again as tolerable, if not pleasurable, company I think, as many do, that the affirmation and daring and greed and urgency in [...]
I am he bringing help for the sick as they pant on their backs.And for strong upright men I bring yet needed help.I heard what was said of the universe,Heard it and heard it of several thousand years It is middling well as far as it goes but is that all Song of Myself, Canto 41This canto sort of sums up what I love about Whitman He reminds me that there is so much to celebrate, reminds me that what has been said is not all.There s a reason why we ve all heard about the yawp and the boot soles, [...]
Yes, I did read this because John Green told me to in Paper Towns If I didn t have cooler people advising me what to read watch listen to, I d never do anything at all In any case, I was pleasantly surprised at how I wanted to continue reading once I finished Song of Myself, considering that it s the only Whitman poem I was familiar with since it s the one that s quoted in both Paper Towns and The Dead Poets Society I liked most of the poems, although Whitman is a fan of listing things Over and [...]
To quote Robert Louis Stevenson like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.But let s look at the positive side Monica Lewinsky gave a copy to Bill Clinton as a present.
I am re reading this timeless masterpiece simply because of the joy and wonder and sense of the miraculous in Whitman s glorious, poetic anthem to America.
The 5 star rating is for the cream of this collection, those superb monuments of world literature such as Song of Myself, Body Electric, The Sun Down Poem, Blue Ontario s Shores, As I Ebb d with the Ocean of Life, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom d, The Sleepers, Fancies at Navesink, and a double armful of the shorter lyrics.Whitman s B Sides, about 70% of this chunky 1892 death bed edition, rarely come up to snuff, and despite a virtuoso flourish here [...]