Walt Whitman The Essential Whitman

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The Essential Whitman

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9780880011365: The Essential Whitman

The poems of Walt Whitman meant little to me when I read them in high school and college. Lucidly, when I was teaching at the University of Grenoble in my late twenties, I was required to give a course on Whitman. My experience of Leaves of Grass then was intense.... Soon I understood that poetry could be transcendent, hymn-like, a cosmic song, and yet remain idolatrously attached to the creatures and things of our world .... Once again, as when I first began writing, it seemed it might be possible to say everything in poetry.

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Walt Whitman was born on Long Island, New York in 1819. He spent most of his early life in Brooklyn where he served as editor for a number of newspapers for brief periods. His first major work, Leaves of Grass, was published in 1855 and was subsequently published in nine enlarged editions throughout his lifetime. In 1862 in the midst of the Civil War, Whitman set out for the battlefield to find his wounded brother and continued to volunteer in hospitals throughout the length of the war. He died in 1892.

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Song Of Myself: 26
Bivouac On A Mountain Side
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Elemental Drifts: 1
Elemental Drifts: 2
Elemental Drifts: 3
Elemental Drifts: 4
A Glimpse
The Last Invocation
Once I Pass'd Through A Populous City
Out Of The Cradle Endlessly Rocking
Poem Of The Body
Poem Of The Propositions Of Nakedness
Reconciliation
The Runner
Sleep-chasings
Song Of Myself
Sparkles From The Wheel
There Was A Child Went Forth
Vigil Strange I Kept On The Field One Night
When I Heard At The Close Of The Day
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ

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