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Book Title: Complete Poetry and Selected Prose|
The author of the book: Walt Whitman
Date of issue: 1972
ISBN 13: 9780395051320
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Walt Whitman has a lot going for him. His enthusiastic, inventive free verse. His ambition of theme. His wide influence on future poets and authors. Going against him, his undisciplined prose, his forceful vanity, the inconsistency in quality of his work (ironic that he is best-known for the awful "O Captain, My Captain" which is not at all representative of his general style.)
This is the 9th (deathbed) edition of Leaves of Grass, the only major work W.W. produced, which he continually extended, edited and republished throughout his literary career. It is a chore to try to read it straight through, as I did. He really swings for the rafters, and often misses. It feels bloated. I probably would have better enjoyed the 1855 1st edition, which has a reputation (as a much shorter volume) to be a superior distillation of Whitman's best offerings.
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Read information about the authorWalter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842).
After working as clerk, teacher, journalist and laborer, Whitman wrote his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, pioneering free verse poetry in a humanistic celebration of humanity, in 1855. Emerson, whom Whitman revered, said of Leaves of Grass that it held "incomparable things incomparably said." During the Civil War, Whitman worked as an army nurse, later writing Drum Taps (1865) and Memoranda During the War (1867). His health compromised by the experience, he was given work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. After a stroke in 1873, which left him partially paralyzed, Whitman lived his next 20 years with his brother, writing mainly prose, such as Democratic Vistas (1870). Leaves of Grass was published in nine editions, with Whitman elaborating on it in each successive edition. In 1881, the book had the compliment of being banned by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on charges of immorality. A good friend of Robert Ingersoll, Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. D. 1892.
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