When Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855 as a slim tract of twelve untitled poems, Walt Whitman was still an unknown But his self published volume soon became a landmark of poetry, introducing the world to a new and uniquely American form The father of free verse, Whitman drew upon the cadence of simple, even idiomatic speech to sing such themes as democracy,When Leaves of Grass was first published in 1855 as a slim tract of twelve untitled poems, Walt Whitman was still an unknown But his self published volume soon became a landmark of poetry, introducing the world to a new and uniquely American form The father of free verse, Whitman drew upon the cadence of simple, even idiomatic speech to sing such themes as democracy, sexuality, and frank autobiography.Throughout his prolific writing career, Whitman continually revised his work and expanded Leaves of Grass, which went through nine, substantively different editions, culminating in the final, authoritative Death bed Edition Now the original 1855 version and the Death bed Edition of 1892 have been brought together in a single volume, allowing the reader to experience the total scope of Whitman s genius, which produced love lyrics, visionary musings, glimpses of nightmare and ecstasy, celebrations of the human body and spirit, and poems of loneliness, loss, and mourning.Alive with the mythical strength and vitality that epitomized the American experience in the nineteenth century, Leaves of Grass continues to inspire, uplift, and unite those who read it.
Leaves of Grass First and Death Bed Editions When Leaves of Grass was first published in as a slim tract of twelve untitled poems Walt Whitman was still an unknown But his self published volume soon became a landmark of poetry introducing
Da ne la em, stoji Vitman na sto i u ve mesec dana nedodirnut to ne zna i da je lo Samo sam se eto malo prezasitio poezije Ali jesam pro itao hevi hitere kao Song of Myself i ceo onaj serijal posve en Linkolnu I to to sam pro itao suvo lepa emancipacija Tek ponekad mrvicu naporna 4
There are a lot of bullshit abridged editions of Leaves of Grass out there, some just over 100 pages, which is just a joke A lot of them are listed here at GR I m reading the complete unabridged version with posthumous additions, and it runs about 700 pages.I was feeling kind of lonely and lowdown today and Bret Easton Ellis Less than Zero was kind of making me feel less than zero and not helping I picked Whitman up on a complete lark and became completely absorbed he was picking up my spirits w [...]
I read this at least once a year, usually out loud to myselfe the words are like fruit best eaten over a bowl.
This review is of Leaves of Grass First and Death Bed Editions, which I read in its 900 page entirety despite my aversion to almost all of it Don t get me wrong you can pick out a poem or two, put it in a Levi s commercial and make it seem like some pretty compelling stuff I just don t find the kind of thinker that I deem worthy of my reading attention behind these words Whitman is most certainly overrated and done so, I would venture to say, most certainly by people who haven t read him in any [...]
ups rating a star Really didn t appreciate this at 19 20 Returning to Song of Myself has been a f cking journey.
I have no idea how I should review poetry, let alone Whitman s poetry, but I m trying my best here I first got to know Whitman in Dead Poets Society film I remember when Robin Williams gathers his students and starts reading O ME O LIFE to them, that scene has deeply touched me even though I was little and knew nothing of poetry I have, ever since, been searching for Whitman s poetry online, reading one or two of his poems and thinking myself a devoted fan How silly of me On late 2013 October, a [...]
When I give the Deathbed edition 5 stars I am following the guidelines of the rating system without fudging The book is amazingly It is beautiful, thoughtful and so many things rolled into one until it is inclusive to a fault.One of the tensions of the book originates from this extremity Delivering so much in so many ways leaves this reader, not just overwhelmed, at times, but also with the pain of feeling mentally hazed But, it is worth it I am certain I will return to that weirdly satisfying p [...]
Whitman, to me, is what life is about Leaves of Grass has for me always been a celebration of life and love and all those other things we encounter It is pure and raw and he conveys emotion in a way no other poet does That s why I love Whitman and Leaves of Grass.
So, here s the deal I took a long time with this, long for me There were parts that I skimmed over, parts that made me uncomfortable, parts that made me reevaluate personal perceptions, parts that I couldn t identify with, and parts that I reread several times All of these parts culminated in a five star rating, a five star read That s not to say that editing couldn t or shouldn t be had In fact, Whitman apparently held the same view and did the deed quite often But that s just it when you read [...]
When Whitman is good, he s quite affecting, but when he s bad, his writing degenerates into a series of interminable rambles and lists and vague platitudes about the greatness boundless promises of America, the horrors of war, c I suppose its to his credit that he set out to do his own thing without trying to conform to any norms regarding appropriate subject matter or prior poetic models, but a certain degree of self censorship would ve been a blessing, given that Leaves of Grass continued to g [...]
If I were on a prison cell charged with life imprisonment, forbidden to interact with anyone, and restricted to read one book for the rest of my life, this would be my number one choice I have found no greater peace, wisdom, suffering, voice, and humanity in what I believe is the best book of poetry ever written It has been the only book to has made me cry three times while reading it, and they were cries of happiness I too cry my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of this 21st century world, and beca [...]
This was the first time I really read any Whitman extensively I couldn t help but think how groundbreaking this work must have been at the time I probably shouldn t have read all of it in one sitting, as it all kind of blurred together They re the kind of poems you read when you need a confidence boost.
Whitman s poems have brought me great comfort during these last few months His writing is both powerful and authentic but what I love most is how he captures the beauty of nature Song of the Open Road is nothing short of spectacular
I ve read half.
Plain and simple words to live by Everyone alive should read leaves of Grass at least once
This is not a book to pick up and read straight through It requires sufficient reflection, and time to visualize his words Whitman questions cultural boundaries between people men women, rich poor, races, and religions in much of his work He explores all that is beautiful in life, and passionately theorizes preaches about his and nature s immortality He sings of many things in his poems I give many examples below, but these are MY personal interpretations, and may not always be in keeping with a [...]
Some was incredible, some was what and the end result was my tweet.
I didn t read the last 150 pages I only liked a handful of poems and the rest I found myself daydreaming and thinking of anything else.
Read the First Edition of twelve poems Then it s a five star book.
01 31 2011 on page 86I forgot how enjoyable reading poultry could be I was always afraid of this book maybe i feared i d like it Perhaps i wouldn t ve noticed all on my own, but somebody s prefatory material William Carlos Williams s said it reminds one of William Blake and i totally agree If i continue to enjoy it, i ll recommend this to my Blake nut pal.01 31 2011 on page 116Done with Song of Myself an unkempt, erratic giant dressed in tattered motley of a poem with several patches of dullness [...]
About three years ago, I read the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass Infamously, the Deathbed Edition can, and in some ways should, be seen as an altogether different book It s roughly 370 pages longer, and many of the poems in the 1855 edition were edited Although I read the 1855 in a reasonable amount of time, I spent the past three years on the Deathbed edition, reading the poems slowly and taking long breaks from the work altogether Because of their differences, I thought it best to review the [...]
I first bought a copy of Leaves of Grass around 1980 a 400 some page mass market paperback with tiny print that I never actually read but would pick up from time to time, promising myself that I would soon spend time reading In usual epic fashion I dragged this out til2007 when I decided that now I really, really, really would read Leaves of Grass So of course I had to go out and buy a new copy that I would really really read, and this one was over 700 pages even intimidating and off putting An [...]
I read the last edition and the 1855 edition he must have been a fascinating man Loved his poetry, and his feelings towards America The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem his no nonsense attitude towards the government The President is up there in the White House for you is not you who are here for him, The Secretaries act in their bureaus for yout you here for them, The Congress convenes every December for you, Laws, courts, the forming of states, the charters of cities, [...]
Whitman is known as the great American poet and before reading Leaves of Grass, I had not idea just how much that title was self imposed Whitman s poems are uniquely American at once both expansive and intimate He has a very egalitarian viewpoint, sometimes putting prostitutes and the President on the same human level Parts of his work still feel very fresh and revolutionary This edition features both the original edition and the Death Bed edition The original is manifesto like, while the Death [...]
Holy crap It s a huge book, very intimidating when you first pick it up mostly because you know the vast majority of it is poetry and it s something everyone should have read before you got to it I kind of forgot I had it for a while, which took the shine off my panic It should be required reading in schools The first edition, I wondered why he s such an ego maniac but by the time I got to the death bed edition I realized it s the difference between third person storytelling and 1st He wants not [...]
from Starting from PaumanokHere lands female and male,Here the heir ship and heiress ship of the world, here the flame of materials,Here spirituality the translatress, the openly avow d,The ever tending, the finale of visible forms,The satisfier, after due long waiting now advancing,Yes here comes my mistress the soul from I Sing the Body ElectricThis is the female form, A divine nimbus exhales from it head to foot,It attracts with fierce undeniable attraction.Hair, bosom, hips, bend of legs, ne [...]
The Deathbed Edition is an 800 page volume containing all of Whitman s last changes and additions to Leaves of Grass It contains some of his most famous poems, including Song of Myself It took me over two years, reading a poem here and there, to finish this massive tome of poetry Much of it delighted me, particularly those poems in which Whitman celebrates life and beauty from every man, woman, and child to the smallest blade of grass His works about soldiering and war were of less appeal to me, [...]
Early in this vast volume, Whitman offers the reader what essentially amounts to a pick up line Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me And why should I not speak to you Thus he begins a rather intimate seduction of the reader, questing for an erotic, honest, open, and hopeful relationship between poet and audience that is free of judgment, shame, pedantry, preachiness, or secrets Reading LEAVES OF GRASS is like reading a lover s journal that is [...]
This is the hardcover deathbed edition, published in 1992 by Simon Shuster I began reading Walt Whitman after seeing the film Dead Poets Society as a teenager I have yet to finish Whitman s life s work, but I ve enjoyed what I have read enough to sell my old incomplete paperback and acquire a permanent hardcover volume for my bookshelf For poems over 150 years old, they are still amazingly resonant and free of many of the constraints of Victorianism that dates his contemporaries to a modern ear. [...]
I ve decided this book is about Whitmans Awakening in a Buddhist sensehe s in the tradition of the American Transcendentalist movement of the 1800 s perennial philosophy , but very much grounded in physical sensation in contrast to Emerson s Transparent Eyeball or Thoreau s Sounds chapter of Waldenme passages have alot of resonance for me, others I have no clue of those books you might have by your bedside over the years to peruse from time to time, to awaken awareness as life beckons