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The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Whitman published his Leaves of Grass in 1855 and prepared eight other editions during the next thirty-five years. These incorporated completely new poems as well as extensive changes in those that had already appeared. The changes served to emphasize the prophetic strand in his poetry - Whitman as the exuberant champion of political and sexual emancipation. Francis Murphy has chosen to print the final 'death-bed' edition (1891-2) of Leaves of Grass, in accordance with a note of instruction left by the poet to his future editors. But earlier versions of many poems are also given in the notes so that the reader can follow Whitman's development. In addition, the 1855 version of one of his most important poems, Song of Myself, is given in full in an appendix. Whitman's early poems appear in another appendix, so that, apart from manuscript fragments left on his death, the present edition contains all of Whitman's known work.

Review:

"This is the unrestful, ungraspable poetry of the sheer present . . . Whitman?s is the best poetry of this kind." D.H. Lawrence

Synopsis:

In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of America's most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation, and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the Body Electric" to the elegiac "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's art fuses oratory, journalism, and song in a vivid celebration of humanity. Containing all Whitman's known poetic work, this edition reprints the final, or "deathbed," edition of Leaves of Grass (1891 &92). Earlier versions of many poems are also given, including the 1855 "Song of Myself."

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [31]-34) and indexes.

About the Author

Walt Whitman (1819 &1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, itinerant schoolteacher, and newspaper editor.

Francis Murphy is professor emeritus of English at Smith College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140422221
Editor:
Murphy, Francis
Author:
Murphy, Francis
Author:
Murphen, Francis
Author:
Whitman Walt
Publisher:
Penguin Classics
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Poetry, modern
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
93-15
Publication Date:
19770728
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
7.77x5.08x1.45 in. 1.15 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work that defined him as one of America's most influential voices and that he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it spoke of politics, sexual emancipation, and what it meant to be an American. From the joyful "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the Body Electric" to the elegiac "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's art fuses oratory, journalism, and song in a vivid celebration of humanity. Containing all Whitman's known poetic work, this edition reprints the final, or "deathbed," edition of Leaves of Grass (1891 &92). Earlier versions of many poems are also given, including the 1855 "Song of Myself."
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