Curriculars: Language Arts
“This slim book was assigned to me in college and was my introduction to Walt William. This is the first 1855 edition of only 12 poems, later given titles: "Song of Myself," "A Song For Occupations," "To Think of Time," "The Sleepers," "I Sing the Body Electric," "Faces," "Song of the Answerer," "Europe: The 72d and 73d Years of These States," "A Boston Ballad," "There Was a Child Went Forth," "Who Learns My Lesson Complete?", and "Great Are the Myths." It would go through several editions until his death in 1892 where it reached 400 poems. But this is Whitman at his freshest, and most revolutionary. Especially coming from reading Romantic poets, such as Percy Bysse Shelley and John Keats, it's startling how sensual, personal and earthy these are, how modern they read. Unlike early works of romanticism, there are no elaborate allegories or classical or mythological allusions, this is the poetry of a democratic man, not an aristocrat: “I am large, I contain multitudes.””Lisa Maria C wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Whitman is a genius.”Erez Kats wrote this review Friday, August 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh, the master himself!! His flow of writing, the freshness of his language, raw and tangible. The true greatness of writing is seen here, the writing that is independent of all laws and formulas that the ordinary might see themselves entangled in; it's the language that just flows and drips like honey, the unruffled and untouched whispers of true imagination. Walt Whit!! (Will purchase it, someday)”ShHolmes wrote this review Tuesday, June 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Whitman is today regarded as America's Homer or Dante, and his work the touchstone for literary originality in the New World. In Leaves of Grass, he abandoned the rules of traditional poetry - breaking the standard metered line, discarding the obligatory rhyming scheme, and using the vernacular. I read this most recently as part of a weekend retreat sponsored by the University of Chicago's Basic Program of Liberal Education. The music of his poetry was present as it is in the many authors who Whitman influenced.
Emily Dickinson condemned his sexual and physiological allusions as `disgraceful', but Emerson saw the book as the `most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed'. A century later it is his judgement of this autobiographical vision of the vigour of the American nation that has proved the more enduring.”
“Leaves of grass is a compilation of poems by Walt Whitman, including the poem "Song of Myself" an other famous Whitman poems. "Song of Myself," is one of the most iconic poems from the 19th century, and the other poems of this collection are just as important and interesting.
This volume of poetry is more for young adults and is something that I would begin teaching in high school. I have read selections of this book many different times over the years and I think that there is always something new to be learned from this book. Additionally, the format of these poems is a great way to teach students about free verse.
One great way to pair this book with other materials is to incorporate it into social studies and discuss the time of the civil war and also the death of Abraham Lincoln.
"and when i give, i give myself." ”
“This edition contains reviews of the books by the critics of the time. It is most interesting that all of the critics pan Whitman for all of the reasons that have ended up making Leaves of Grass one of the all-time classics of literature.”David the Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Oh my God. Whitman's soul is titanic and it moves with titanic force.”Display Name wrote this review Saturday, August 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A classic collection of poetry by arguably the most famous American poet. Whitman's poetry is free verse and some selections are a bit tedious to read, but his style is totally American and well worth reading. ”Iceangel9 wrote this review Saturday, August 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No