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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

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Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed," calling it a "combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald." Published at the author's own expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass initially consisted of a preface, twelve untitled poems in free verse (including the work later titled "Song of Myself," which Malcolm Cowley called "one of the great poems of modern times"), and a now-famous portrait of a devil-may-care Walt Whitman in a workman's shirt. Over the next four decades, Whitman continually expanded and revised the book as he took on the role of a workingman's bard who championed American nationalism, political democracy, contemporary progress, and unashamed sex. This volume, which contains 383 poems, is the final "Deathbed Edition," which was published in 1892.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mel Foster

Length:

15h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

01:01


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

21:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

24:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:53:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

38:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

37:22


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

20:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:34


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

22:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:13


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:11


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:07


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

27:49


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

30:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:23:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

20:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

32:31


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

01:18:59


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

12:03


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:25


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

11:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

12:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

43:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

30:09


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

47:59


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

30:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:26