Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

The First (1855) Edition

Book - 2005
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The publication of Leaves of Grass in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Nothing like the volume had ever appeared before. Everything about it-the unusual jacket and title page, the exuberant preface, the twelve free-flowing, untitled poems embracing every realm of experience-was new. The 1855 edition broke new ground in its relaxed style, which prefigured free verse; in its sexual candor; in its images of racial bonding and democratic togetherness; and in the intensity of its affirmation of the sanctity of the physical world.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9780143039273
014303927X
Branch Call Number: 811.3 WHITMAN 2005
Characteristics: xl, 160 pages ; 21 cm.

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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"Do anything, but let it produce joy."
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

Come, my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready;
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers!

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daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

This is some of the first poetry that I actually enjoyed! I had read all kinds of poetry and never really got it or cared to, until I read "Pioneer's O' Pioneers" by Walt Whitman. That was 15 years ago and that poem still speaks to me. Whitman eventually led me to reading stuff by authors like Richard Brautigan and William Blake. Thanks Walt.

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