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Leaves of Grass: The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions
Leaves of Grass: The Complete 1855 and 1891-92 Editions | Walt Whitman
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In 1855, a small volume appeared, self-published by a failed Brooklyn journalist and carpenter: twelve untitled poems and a preface announcing the author's aims. A commercial failure, this book was the first stage of a massive, lifelong enterprise. Six editions and thirty-seven years later, "Leaves of Grass" had been recognized as one of the central masterworks of world poetry. This Library of America Paperback Classic includes two complete texts: the 1855 first edition and the magnificent culminating edition of 1891-1892. For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes. The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from "Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose," edited by Justin Kaplan, volume #3 in the Library of America series.
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DivineDiana
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Starting From Paumanok

See, steamers steaming through my poems,
See, in my poems immigrants continually coming and landing,
See, in arriere, the wigwam, the trail, the hunter‘s hut, the flatboat, the maize-leaf, the claim, the rude fence, and the backwoods village...

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#poemsbeforephones

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DivineDiana
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Me Imperturbe
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Me wherever my life is lived, O to be self-balanced for contingencies,
To confront night,storms,hunger,ridicule, accidents, rebuffs, as the trees and animals do.

#poemsbeforephones

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Bookwormjillk
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I‘m still going on last year‘s #litsyclassics challenge.

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Liza24
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“This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and the water is,
This is the common air that bathes the globe.”
#litsypoetry #poetry

Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 13mo
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brooklynreads
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This. 😍😍😍

TieDyeDude Yeah, Philly! Good beer 🙂 3y
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powersbk
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A.) This is my first foray into Whitman and I'm very much looking forward to it. B.) I haven't used Litsy in quite some time because I've forgotten about it. I intend on changing this.

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utterKATEness
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"I will plant companionship thick as trees along the rivers of America, and along the shores of the Great Lakes, and all over the prairies" Litsy, I'm going to need some time. So for now, I beg you, take to heart the words of Wise Old Grey Beard. We are bigger than hate. (3/3)

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utterKATEness
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"The dependence of Liberty shall be lovers, / The continuance of Equality shall be comrades." (2/3)

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utterKATEness
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"Affection shall solve every one of the problems of freedom, / Those who love each other shall be invincible" (1/3)

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CKtheLibrarian
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This poem about President Lincoln's assassination always reminds me of Dead Poets Society.

Yossarian Or the Saturday Night Live response . . . https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ie6LpKOJVf0 3y
Louise Every now and then, I go on a Whitman marathon and devour Leaves of Grass in a weekend. Such a big, broad vision! My favorite is "Song of Myself". ❤️ 3y
CKtheLibrarian @Yossarian oh noooo! Lol I've never watched that. How awful! 😂😁😢 3y
CKtheLibrarian @Louise love! 😍 3y
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