Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

The 1892 Edition

Book - 1983
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G.K. Chesterton argued that Walt Whitman is the greatest American. Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855 and augmented every few years until the poet's death in 1892, is his masterpiece. It was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful gift ... the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed."
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1983.
ISBN: 9781573920407
Call Number: 811.3 WHITMAN
Characteristics: xxiii, 470 pages
Subjects: Poetry.
American poetry -- 19th century.
Additional Contributors: Kaplan, Justin


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ellensix Oct 09, 2015

"Do anything, but let it produce joy."
—Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

Come, my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready;
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We, the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend, Pioneers! O pioneers!


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daymakerdave Mar 08, 2011

This is some of the first poetry that I actually enjoyed! I had read all kinds of poetry and never really got it or cared to, until I read "Pioneer's O' Pioneers" by Walt Whitman. That was 15 years ago and that poem still speaks to me. Whitman eventually led me to reading stuff by authors like Richard Brautigan and William Blake. Thanks Walt.


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