Leaves of Grass The First Edition As Malcolm Cowley says in his introduction the first edition of Leaves of Grass might be called the buried masterpiece of American writing for it exhibits Whitman at his best Whitman at his freshe

  • Title: Leaves of Grass: The First (1855) Edition
  • Author: Walt Whitman Malcolm Cowley
  • ISBN: 9780140421996
  • Page: 289
  • Format: Paperback
  • As Malcolm Cowley says in his introduction, the first edition of Leaves of Grass might be called the buried masterpiece of American writing , for it exhibits Whitman at his best, Whitman at his freshest in vision and boldest in language, Whitman transformed by a new experience Mr Cowley has taken the first edition from its narrow circulation among scholars, faithfullyAs Malcolm Cowley says in his introduction, the first edition of Leaves of Grass might be called the buried masterpiece of American writing , for it exhibits Whitman at his best, Whitman at his freshest in vision and boldest in language, Whitman transformed by a new experience Mr Cowley has taken the first edition from its narrow circulation among scholars, faithfully edited it, added his own introduction and Whitman s original introduction which never appeared in any other edition during Whitman s life , and returned it to the common readership to whom the great poet really speaks.

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      Walter 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.More whitmanarchive philosopedia indexp Walpoets poetp prmPID 126poetryfoundation bio wenpedia wiki Walt_Whipoemhunter walt whitman

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    1. Whitman used to right fake reviews under false names for Leaves of Grass and send them to publishers, newspapers, and periodicals. I love that about him. So over the top. He had love for everything. Especially himself. As for the quality of the work the words speak for themselves:"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not co [...]


    2. In Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman sings nature and his symbiosis with America, he sings the universe and his awareness of it all, but above all he sings the people and their quest for individuality and immortality. ‘The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.’ And here he includes himself with all his mysticism and spiritual illuminations. In that, it is a celebration of humanity, his country and everything in it. Some parts of his poems were so [...]


    3. Whitman sings the song of America like no other poet I know--the outsized joy and pain, the affinity for common folk and the love of nature and the sheer overwhelming feeling of every sight and sound and industrious noise around him. "I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear," he wrote. Because of this some are tempted to see Whitman as a poet of pure exuberance--like a proto-hippie or, worse, like a garrulous Hallmark card. But Whitman doesn't shy away from pain at all--he embraces it l [...]


    4. Alright, my rating here is very misleading. I haven't read Leaves Of Grass. I don't even intend to read Leaves Of Grass. Not all the way through any way. It seems sort of weird to just read a big fat collection of poetry all the way through. The five star rating is for one poem, "Song of the Open Road".I've never really appreciated poetry. I've liked song lyrics and that's poetry, but it seemed like I needed a tune to go with it. I've liked scripture which can be pretty poetic, but it seemed I n [...]


    5. When Leaves of Grass was first published, critics applauded Whitman "only that he did not burn" the "mass of stupid filth" immediately upon completion. They primarily objected to its sensual and occasionally (rather overtly) homoerotic content. Nowadays, of course, it seems entirely too mild to raise an objection on those grounds, but man, oh man, I understand the impulse to want to turn this book into kindling.It's less like THISd more like THIS.This weighty poetic tome has all the weaknesses i [...]


    6. It is becoming increasingly trendy to chalk up success to practice and hard work. We have the famous 10,000 hours from Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and a similar theme from Joshua Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein, just to name two examples. But it seems to me that some people were just born to do what they did, that no amount of practice could ever have produced something so fresh, original, new, and revolutionary.Take Montaigne. He invented a new genre (the essay), pioneered a free and easy [...]


    7. Leaves of Grass is like reading every single instant message that I and a friend of mine ever wrote to one another over the course of the last ten years. Likely way too long, too self-serving and would have shocked the general public if they cared to read it when it was written. But nestled in there are some real, true brilliant moments.This is after all Whitman's life work, laid bare and un-edited for the most part. What else are we to expect? He is literally singing a song of himself, which he [...]


    8. "Adeus, minha Fantasia!Adeus, querida companheira, minha amada!Vou, mas não sei para onde vou,Nem qual será a minha sorte, nem se alguma vez nos voltaremos a ver,Por isso, adeus, minha Fantasia!Agora, a minha última vontade — deixa-me olhar para trás por um instante;Cada vez mais lento e leve o tiquetaque do relógio dentro de mim,Retirada, anoitecer, e em breve a surda palpitação que pára.Convivemos, alegrámo-nos e consolámo-nos durante muito tempo;Foi magnífico! — Agora separamo- [...]


    9. Holy shit this is self-important and tedious.--update: This has sat untouched on my desk all year. I can think of a hundred books I'd rather start than finish this, so I doubt I'll pick it back up unless I run out of books to read, I'm too poor to buy any more books, all my friends turn on me and refuse to loan me anything else, and all the nearby libraries are set on fire simultaneously.


    10. There's only so much rhetoric on American imperialism I can ingest and assimilate at a stretch. Later, Mr Whitman.(paused at 47%)


    11. شريد الطرقات وغريب الأطوار ،ملحن الكلمات ،الماشي بين السفوح والوديان ، المقاتل ، المتطرف الغائب ،الحاضر ، قديس الروح وعربيد الجسد، المتفائل، الرفيق والسائح، الفلاح، المغامر، المنطلق نحو حياة لا حدود لها وأفق فسيح يتمدد أمامه كرحلة أبدية تنتهي من حيث تبدأ وتبدأ من حيث ينته [...]


    12. ويتمان شاعر داعر، عبقري، لطيف، حييّ، محب للكون والطبيعة والوجودعاشق للمتع والحياة واللذائدشعره داعر، ومفضوح. وإباحي أحياناكلماته صريحة جريئة، ونداءاته تنبض بالحياةديوان جميل وعبقري، وترجمة سعدي يوسف أحيته


    13. Did you know that the letters in "Leaves of Grass" can be rearranged to spell "Asses of Gravel"? If you find yourself anagramming the letters in the title rather than reading the poetry, it's a good sign you're not into the book. But I really wanted some of whatever Whitman was smoking that made him so ecstatically, ebulliently enthusiastic about every molecule on the planet. Including his own b.o. "The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer." Huh??? Was this guy sniffing glue along wit [...]


    14. القراءة الأولي لـ والت وايتمانالشاعر الأمريكي الشهيرالهادئ الراقي البسيط إلي حد التعقيد !!هل تعرف ذلك الإحساس حين تصبح سعادتك الكبري في الاستلقاء علي العشب الأخضر والعالم يمر من فوقك لا تعبأ به ولا يعبأ بك ؟هل تعرف ذلك الإحساس حين تكون سعادتك في أن تتحدث مع ذاتك عن ذاتك وعن [...]


    15. A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands;How could I answer the child?. I do not know what it is any more than he.I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven.Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord,A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped,Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?I'm no expert on Walt Whitman, and given that this poem ('Song of Myself') has been celebrat [...]


    16. مختارات من ديوان الشاعر الأمريكي المتميز، شاعر الطبيعة، المحب لوطنه بصورة كبيرة جلية في أشعاره - والت ويتمان، ديوان ظل شاعره يكتب وينقح فيه أربعين سنة.ويتمان ذو فلسفة مختلفة بعض الشيء، واختلف الجميع عليه، فالبعض يراه متصوفًا والبعض يراه شاذًا!في المقدمة تحدث المترجم عن هذه [...]


    17. "Song of Myself" is a work of pure genius comparable to Shakespeare's greatest. I love these last three stanzas especially. When my wife and I were dating long distance and when I was deployed, I would end alot of my letters with "I stop somewhere waiting for you."I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love.If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,And filter and fibre your blo [...]


    18. Literary rapture. I don't know how else I could describe my first experience reading Leaves of Grass. It was pure literary rapture. I highly recommend Leaves of Grass to everyone - especially those who still believe, or want to believe, in the basic goodness of the American Experiment. Pick up the slim first edition (Whitman revised and expanded Leaves of Grass throughout his life. The final product, which is what is most often seen on bookshelves, is a bloated, redundant beast. Read the whole t [...]


    19. تعرفت على الكتاب من باب الصدفة، أبحث عن كتاب ديني ومن خلال البحث كان هذا الكتاب من المئة الكتب التي ينصح بقراءتها، أسم الكتاب آثار فضولي عن ماذا تتحدث هذه الأوراق. وبعد البحث اكتشفت ان أوراق العشب شعر، وبدأت قراءته لأول مرة إقرأ كتاب شعري مترجم وليس قصائد عربية. القصائد جميلة [...]


    20. Unlike many Americans, I was not introduced to Walt Whitman during my school years through English/Literature/Composition classes, but through a magnificent and beautiful film called Dead Poets Society.I fell in love with his poetry then, of course, not all of his poetry is shown, for the film speaks more of literature and its importance to human consciousnesses, rather than the different dead poets, but it did introduce me to "O Captain! My Captain!"(which is not in this collection, and I am so [...]


    21. Yeaaah got through this. I'm going to be able to concentrate on my other readings now.------University work !! What's funny is that I had to do this book already a couple of years ago for another class and I actually hadn't even bothered with buying or reading the book. I guess what comes around comes around.


    22. First the pros:Whitman's free verse is years ahead of its time. I kept having to remind myself that he published this work in 1855. Wordsworth had only been dead for five years, Tennyson and Browning were at the height of their powers and Longfellow was still churning them out. Whitman was an important moderniser.His verse has tremendous energy. It crackles off the page and I was often swept giddily along by the blizzard of words. Plus, there are some truly striking images to be found. At its be [...]


    23. Holy crap this is boring and pretentious. Admittedly, I don't like poetry, but I'm trying to make my way through some books that are considered classics. This is a DNF for me. IMO, poetry needs to rhyme. I'll stick with Dr. Seuess from now on.


    24. Few people know that I curl up with Song of Myself whenever i am depressed. i gave a nice boy from England my beautiful edition once as a birthday gift, so now i curl up with this dreadful Norton Anthology edition where the pages are thinner than onion skins. once i get to the end and reread some of my favorites bits i always find i am ready to rejoin the family of mankind again as tolerable, if not pleasurable, company. I think, as many do, that the affirmation and daring and greed and urgency [...]


    25. “I am he bringing help for the sick as they pant on their backs.And for strong upright men I bring yet more needed help.I heard what was said of the universe,Heard it and heard it of several thousand years;It is middling well as far as it goes—but is that all?”Song of Myself, Canto 41This canto sort of sums up what I love about Whitman. He reminds me that there is so much to celebrate, reminds me that what has been said is not all.There’s a reason why we’ve all heard about the yawp and [...]


    26. Yes, I did read this because John Green told me to in Paper Towns. If I didn't have cooler people advising me what to read/watch/listen to, I'd never do anything at all. In any case, I was pleasantly surprised at how I wanted to continue reading once I finished Song of Myself, considering that it's the only Whitman poem I was familiar with (since it's the one that's quoted in both Paper Towns and The Dead Poets Society. I liked most of the poems, although Whitman is a fan of listing things. Over [...]



    27. To quote Robert Louis Stevenson:…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.But let's look at the positive side. Monica Lewinsky gave a copy to Bill Clinton as a present.


    28. I am re-reading this timeless masterpiece simply because of the joy and wonder and sense of the miraculous in Whitman's glorious, poetic anthem to America.


    29. The 5-star rating is for the cream of this collection, those superb monuments of world literature such as Song of Myself, Body Electric, The Sun-Down Poem, Blue Ontario's Shores, As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, The Sleepers, Fancies at Navesink, and a double-armful of the shorter lyrics.Whitman's B-Sides, about 70% of this chunky 1892 "death bed edition," rarely come up to snuff, and despite a virtuoso flourish her [...]


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