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By Walt Whitman
In 1855 Walt Whitman released Leaves of Grass, the paintings that outlined him as one in all America's such a lot influential voices and that he additional to all through his existence. a set of magnificent originality and depth, it observed politics, sexual emancipation, and what it intended to be an American. From the pleased "Song of Myself" and "I Sing the physique Electric" to the elegiac "When Lilacs final within the Dooryard Bloom'd," Whitman's artwork fuses oratory, journalism, and tune in a bright occasion of humanity. Containing all Whitman's recognized poetic paintings, this variation reprints the ultimate, or "deathbed," version of Leaves of Grass (1891–92). prior models of many poems also are given, together with the 1855 "Song of Myself."
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