Leaves of Grass

The Original 1855 Edition

By Walt Whitman
(Dover Publications, Paperback, 9780486456768, 113pp.)

Publication Date: February 2007

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In 1855, Walt Whitman published at his own expense the first edition of "Leaves of Grass," a visionary volume oftwelve poems. Showing the influence of a uniquely American form of mysticism known as Transcendentalism, which eschewed the general society and culture of the time, thewriting is distinguished byan explosively innovative free verse style and previously unmentionable subject matter. Exalting nature, celebrating the human body, and praising the senses and sexual love, the monumental work was condemned as "immoral." Whitman continued evolving "Leaves of Grass" despite the controversy, growing his influential work decades after its first appearance by adding new poems with each new printing.
This edition presents the originaltwelve poems from Whitman's premier 1855 publication of "Leaves of Grass." Included are some of the greatest poems of modern times: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "There Was a Child Went Forth," works that continue toupset conventional notions of beauty and originality even today.



About the Author
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, journalist, and essayist most remembered for his rejection of poetic form restrictions and writing in free verse. Some of his other writings include Franklin Evans and Democratic Vistas.
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