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The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Whitman contains forty-two of the American master's poems, including "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "Song of Myself," "I Hear America Singing," "Halcyon Days," and an index of first lines.

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Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, near Huntington, Long Island, New York. His father--a farmer turned carpenter from whom Whitman acquired his freethinking intellectual and political attitudes--moved his wife and nine children to Brooklyn in 1823. 

Whitman suffered a stroke in 1873 and was forced to retire to Camden, New Jersey, where he would spend the last twenty years of his life. There he continued to write poetry, and in 1881 the seventh edition of Leaves of Grass was published to generally favorable reviews. However, the book was soon banned in Boston on the grounds that it was 'obscene literature.' Whitman was in a precarious financial way in his remaining years, and such writers as Mark Twain, Henry James, and Robert Louis Stevenson contributed to his support. Rich admirers kept him supplied with oysters and champagne (he was fond of both). Whitman even received a visitation from Oscar Wilde, who later reported that 'the good gray poet' made no effort to conceal his homosexuality from him. ('The kiss of Walt Whitman,' Wilde said, 'is still on my lips')

In January 1892 the final 'Death-bed Edition' of Leaves of Grassappeared on sale, and Whitman's life's work was complete. He died two months later on the evening of March 26, 1892, and was buried four days afterward at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden. 'Most of the great poets are impersonal,' Whitman once wrote of Leaves of Grass.'I am personal. . . . In my poems, all revolves around, concentrates in, radiates from myself. I have but one central figure, the general human personality typified in myself. But my book compels, absolutely necessitates, every reader to transpose himself or herself into the central position, and become the living fountain, actor, experiencer himself or herself, of every page, every aspiration, every line.'

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Among The Multitude
An Army Corps On The March
As I Lay With My Head In Your Lap Camerado
Cavalry Crossing A Ford
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
The Dalliance Of The Eagles
A Glimpse
Halcyon Days
A Hand-mirror
I Hear America Singing
I Saw In Louisiana A Live-oak Growing
Me Imperturbe
My Picture-gallery
Native Moments
A Noiseless Patient Spider
O Tan-faced Prairie-boy
Old Salt Kossabone
Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Passage To India
Perfections
Poets To Come
Reconciliation
Roots And Leaves Themselves Alone
The Runner
A Sight In Camp In The Daybreak Gray And Dim
The Sleepers
So Long!
Sometimes With One I Love
Song Of Myself
Starting From Paumanok
There Was A Child Went Forth
These Carols
To A Stranger
A Twilight Song
Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night
When I Heard At The Close Of The Day
When Lilacs Last In The Dooryard Bloomed
Whispers Of Heavenly Death
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now In Hand
The Wound-dresser
Youth, Day, Old Age And Night
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