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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

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Description:

American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, is a collection of poems notable for its frank delight in and praise of the senses, during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Where much previous poetry, especially English, relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on the religious and spiritual, Leaves of Grass exalted the body and the material world. Whitman was inspired to begin Leaves of Grass after reading an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson which expressed a need for a uniquely American poet. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose praiseful letter of response helped launch the book to success. Whitman’s hero, Abraham Lincoln, read and enjoyed an early version of Leaves of Grass. Despite such high recommendations, Whitman faced charges of obscenity and immorality for his work, but this only led to increased popularity of the book. Whitman continually revised and republished Leaves of Grass throughout his lifetime, notably adding the “Drum-Taps” section after Lincoln’s assassination. The book grew from 12 poems in its first publication, which Whitman paid for and typeset himself, to nearly 400 poems in its final, “Death Bed Edition.” This recording is of the final edition. (Summary adapted from wikipedia.org by Annie Coleman)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

19h 16m


Chapters

Free Sample

01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

29:59


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

33:50


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

30:01


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

43:39


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

46:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

37:51


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

50:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

46:18


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

50:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

41:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

45:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

20:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:35


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:36


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:17


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

31:15


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:58


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

48:18


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

41:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

46:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

35:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

48:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

44:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

13:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

20:12


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

28:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

40:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:50


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

50:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

38:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

49:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

28:51