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Leaves Of Grass :  A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems, 1855-1856 - Walter Whitman

Leaves Of Grass

A Textual Variorum of the Printed Poems, 1855-1856

Paperback Published: January 1983
ISBN: 9780553211160
Number Of Pages: 496

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One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daringly new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. "Leaves Of Grass" is his one book. First published in 1855 with only twelve poems, it was greeted by Ralph Waldo Emerson as "the wonderful gift . . . the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed." Over the course of Whitman's life, the book reappeared in many versions, expanded and transformed as the author's experiences and the nation's history changed and grew. Whitman's ambition was to creates something uniquely American. In that he succeeded. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character. From his solemn masterpieces "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" and "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking" to the joyous freedom of "Song of Myself," "I Sing the Body Electric," and "Song of the Open Road," Whitman's work lives on, an inspiration to the poets of later generations.

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"Whitman's best poems have that permanent quality of being freshly painted, of not being dulled by the varnish of the years." --Malcolm Cowley

Introductionp. xvii
One's-Self I Singp. 1
As I Ponder'd in Silencep. 1
In Cabin'd Ships at Seap. 2
To Foreign Landsp. 3
To a Historianp. 3
To Thee Old Causep. 3
Eidolonsp. 4
For Him I Singp. 6
When I Read the Bookp. 6
Beginning My Studiesp. 7
Beginnersp. 7
To The Statesp. 7
On Journeys through the Statesp. 7
To a Certain Cantatricep. 8
Me Imperturbep. 8
Savantismp. 8
The Ship Startingp. 9
I Hear America Singingp. 9
What Place Is Besieged?p. 9
Still Though the One I Singp. 10
Shut Not Your Doorsp. 10
Poets to Comep. 10
To Youp. 10
Thou Readerp. 11
Starting from Paumanokp. 11
Song of Myselfp. 22
Children of Adam
To the Garden the Worldp. 74
From Pent-up Aching Riversp. 74
I Sing the Body Electricp. 76
A Woman Waits for Mep. 83
Spontaneous Mep. 85
One Hour to Madness and Joyp. 87
Out of the Rolling Ocean the Crowdp. 87
Ages and Ages Returning at Intervalsp. 88
We Two, How Long We Were Fool'dp. 88
O Hymen! O Hymenee!p. 89
I Am He that Aches with Lovep. 89
Native Momentsp. 89
Once I Pass'd through a Populous Cityp. 90
I Heard You Solemn-Sweet Pipes of the Organp. 90
Facing West from California's Shoresp. 90
As Adam Early in the Morningp. 91
In Paths Untroddenp. 92
Scented Herbage of My Breastp. 92
Whoever You Are Holding Me Now in Handp. 94
For You O Democracyp. 95
These I Singing in Springp. 96
Not Heaving from My Ribb'd Breast Onlyp. 97
Of the Terrible Doubt of Appearancesp. 97
The Base of All Metaphysicsp. 98
Recorders Ages Hencep. 99
When I Heard at the Close of the Dayp. 99
Are You the New Person Drawn toward Me?p. 100
Roots and Leaves Themselves Alonep. 100
Not Heat Flames up and Consumesp. 101
Trickle Dropsp. 101
City of Orgiesp. 102
Behold This Swarthy Facep. 102
I Saw in Louisiana a Live-Oak Growingp. 102
To a Strangerp. 103
This Moment Yearning and Thoughtfulp. 103
I Hear It Was Charged against Mep. 104
The Prairie-Grass Dividingp. 104
When I Peruse the Conquer'd Famep. 105
We Two Boys Together Clingingp. 105
A Promise to Californiap. 105
Here the Frailest Leaves of Mep. 106
No Labor-Saving Machinep. 106
A Glimpsep. 106
A Leaf for Hand in Handp. 106
Earth, My Likenessp. 107
I Dream'd in a Dreamp. 107
What Think You I Take My Pen in Hand?p. 107
To the East and to the Westp. 107
Sometimes with One I Lovep. 108
To a Western Boyp. 108
Fast-Anchor'd Eternal O Love!p. 108
Among the Multitudep. 108
O You Whom I Often and Silently Comep. 109
That Shadow My Likenessp. 109
Full of Life Nowp. 109
Salut au Monde!p. 109
Song of the Open Roadp. 119
Crossing Brooklyn Ferryp. 128
Song of the Answererp. 133
Our Old Feuillagep. 137
A Song of Joysp. 142
Song of the Broad-Axep. 148
Song of the Expositionp. 158
Song of the Redwood-Treep. 167
A Song for Occupationsp. 170
A Song of the Rolling Earthp. 177
Youth, Day, Old Age and Nightp. 182
Birds of Passage
Song of the Universalp. 183
Pioneers! O Pioneers!p. 185
To Youp. 188
France, The 18th Year of these Statesp. 190
Myself and Minep. 191
Year of Meteors (1859-60)p. 193
With Antecedentsp. 194
A Broadway Pageantp. 196
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rockingp. 200
As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Lifep. 205
Tearsp. 208
To the Man-of-War-Birdp. 208
Aboard at a Ship's Helmp. 209
On the Beach at Nightp. 209
The World below the Brinep. 210
On the Beach at Night Alonep. 211
Song for All Seas, All Shipsp. 211
Patroling Barnegatp. 212
After the Sea-Shipp. 213
By the Roadside
A Boston Ballad--1854p. 214
Europe, The 72d and 73d Years of These Statesp. 216
A Hand-Mirrorp. 217
Godsp. 217
Germsp. 218
Thoughtsp. 218
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomerp. 219
Perfectionsp. 219
O Me! O Life!p. 219
To a Presidentp. 220
I Sit and Look Outp. 220
To Rich Giversp. 220
The Dalliance of the Eaglesp. 221
Roaming in Thoughtp. 221
A Farm Picturep. 221
A Child's Amazep. 221
The Runnerp. 222
Beautiful Womenp. 222
Mother and Babep. 222
Thoughtp. 222
Visor'dp. 222
Thoughtp. 222
Gliding o'er Allp. 223
Hast Never Come to Thee an Hourp. 223
Thoughtp. 223
To Old Agep. 223
Locations and Timesp. 223
Offeringsp. 223
To the States, To Identify the 16th, 17th, or 18th Presidentiadp. 224
First O Songs for a Preludep. 225
Eighteen Sixty-Onep. 227
Beat! Beat! Drums!p. 228
From Paumanok Starting I Fly like a Birdp. 228
Song of the Banner at Daybreakp. 229
Rise O Days from Your Fathomless Deepsp. 235
Virginia--The Westp. 237
City of Shipsp. 237
The Centenarian's Storyp. 238
Cavalry Crossing a Fordp. 242
Bivouac on a Mountain Sidep. 242
An Army Corps on the Marchp. 242
By the Bivouac's Fitful Flamep. 243
Come Up from the Fields Fatherp. 243
Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Nightp. 245
A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest, and the Road Unknownp. 246
A Sight in Camp in the Daybreak Gray and Dimp. 247
As Toilsome I wander'd Virginia's Woodsp. 247
Not the Pilotp. 248
Year That Trembled and Reel'd Beneath Mep. 248
The Wound-Dresserp. 248
Long, Too Long Americap. 251
Give Me the Splendid Silent Sunp. 251
Dirge for Two Veteransp. 253
Over the Carnage Rose Prophetic a Voicep. 254
I Saw Old General at Bayp. 255
The Artilleryman's Visionp. 255
Ethiopia Saluting the Colorsp. 256
Not Youth Pertains to Mep. 257
Race of Veteransp. 257
World Take Good Noticep. 257
O Tan-Faced Prairie-Boyp. 258
Look Down Fair Moonp. 258
Reconciliationp. 258
How Solemn as One by Onep. 258
As I Lay with My head in Your Lap Cameradop. 259
Delicate Clusterp. 259
To a Certain Civilianp. 260
Lo, Victress on the Peaksp. 260
Spirit Whose Work Is Donep. 260
Adieu to a Soldierp. 261
Turn O Libertadp. 262
To the Leaven'd Soil They Trodp. 262
Memories Of President Lincoln
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'dp. 264
O Captain! My Captain!p. 271
Hush'd Be the Camps To-dayp. 272
This Dust Was Once the Manp. 272
By Blue Ontario's Shorep. 273
Reversalsp. 286
Autumn Rivulets
As Consequent, Etc.p. 287
The Return of the Heroesp. 288
There Was a Child Went Forthp. 292
Old Irelandp. 294
The City Dead-Housep. 295
This Compostp. 296
To a Foil'd European Revolutionairep. 297
Unnamed Landsp. 299
Song of Prudencep. 300
The Singer in the Prisonp. 303
Warble for Lilac-Timep. 304
Outlines for a Tombp. 305
Out from Behind This Maskp. 307
Vocalismp. 308
To Him That Was Crucifiedp. 309
You Felons on Trial in Courtsp. 310
Laws for Creationsp. 310
To a Common Prostitutep. 311
I Was Looking a Long Whilep. 311
Thoughtp. 312
Miraclesp. 312
Sparkles from the Wheelp. 313
To a Pupilp. 314
Unfolded Out of the Foldsp. 314
What Am I After Allp. 315
Kosmosp. 315
Others May Praise What They Likep. 316
Who Learns My Lesson Complete?p. 316
Testsp. 317
The Torchp. 317
O Star of France (1870-71)p. 318
The Ox-Tamerp. 319
An Old Man's Thought of Schoolp. 320
Wandering at Mornp. 321
Italian Music in Dakotap. 321
With All Thy Giftsp. 322
My Picture-Galleryp. 322
The Prairie Statesp. 322
Proud Music of the Stormp. 323
Passage to Indiap. 328
Prayer of Columbusp. 336
The Sleepersp. 338
Transpositionsp. 346
To Think of Timep. 346
Whispers Of Heavenly Death
Darest Thou Now O Soulp. 352
Whispers of Heavenly Deathp. 352
Chanting the Square Deificp. 353
Of Him I Love Day and Nightp. 355
Yet, Yet, Ye Downcast Hoursp. 355
As If a Phantom Caress'd Mep. 356
Assurancesp. 356
Quicksand Yearsp. 357
That Music Always Round Mep. 357
What Ship Puzzled at Seap. 358
A Noiseless Patient Spiderp. 358
O Living Always, Always Dyingp. 358
To One Shortly to Diep. 359
Night on the Prairiesp. 359
Thoughtp. 360
The Last Invocationp. 361
As I Watch'd the Ploughman Ploughingp. 361
Pensive and Falteringp. 361
Thou Mother with Thy Equal Broodp. 361
A Paumanok Picturep. 367
From Noon To Starry Night
Thou Orb Aloft Full-Dazzlingp. 368
Facesp. 369
The Mystic Trumpeterp. 372
To a Locomotive in Winterp. 375
O Magnet-Southp. 376
Mannahattap. 377
All Is Truthp. 378
A Riddle Songp. 379
Excelsiorp. 380
Ah Poverties, Wincings, and Sulky Retreatsp. 380
Thoughtsp. 381
Mediumsp. 381
Weave In, My Hardy Lifep. 382
Spain, 1873-74p. 382
By Broad Potomac's Shorep. 383
From Far Dakota's Canonsp. 383
Old War-Dreamsp. 384
Thick-Sprinkled Buntingp. 385
What Best I See in Theep. 385
Spirit That Form'd This Scenep. 386
As I Walk These Broad Majestic Daysp. 386
A Clear Midnightp. 387
Songs of Parting
As the Time Draws Nighp. 388
Years of the Modernp. 388
Ashes of Soldiersp. 389
Thoughtsp. 391
Song at Sunsetp. 392
As at Thy Portals Also Deathp. 395
My Legacyp. 395
Pensive on Her Dead Gazingp. 395
Camps of Greenp. 396
The Sobbing of the Bellsp. 397
As They Draw to a Closep. 397
Joy, Shipmate, Joy!p. 398
The Untold Wantp. 398
Portalsp. 398
These Carolsp. 398
Now Finale to the Shorep. 399
So Long!p. 399
Sands at Seventy
Mannahattap. 402
Paumanokp. 402
From Montauk Pointp. 402
To Those Who've Fail'dp. 402
A Carol Closing Sixty-Ninep. 403
The Bravest Soldiersp. 403
A Font of Typep. 403
As I Sit Writing Herep. 403
My Canary Birdp. 404
Queries to My Seventieth Yearp. 404
The Wallabout Martyrsp. 404
The First Dandelionp. 404
Americap. 405
Memoriesp. 405
To-day and Theep. 405
After the Dazzle of Dayp. 405
Abraham Lincoln, Born Feb. 12, 1809p. 405
Out of May's Shows Selectedp. 406
Halcyon Daysp. 406
Fancies at Navesinkp. 406
Election Day, November, 1884p. 409
With Husky-Haughty Lips, O Sea!p. 409
Death of General Grantp. 410
Red Jacket (from Aloft)p. 411
Washington's Monument, February, 1885p. 411
Of That Blithe Throat of Thinep. 412
Broadwayp. 412
To Get the Final Lilt of Songsp. 412
Old Salt Kossabonep. 413
The Dead Tenorp. 413
Continuitiesp. 414
Yonnondiop. 414
Lifep. 415
"Going Somewhere"p. 415
Small the Theme of My Chantp. 415
True Conquerorsp. 416
The United States to Old World Criticsp. 416
The Calming Thought of Allp. 416
Thanks in Old Agep. 417
Life and Deathp. 417
The Voice of the Rainp. 417
Soon Shall the Winter's Foil Be Herep. 418
While Not the Past Forgettingp. 418
The Dying Veteranp. 419
Stronger Lessonsp. 419
A Prairie Sunsetp. 419
Twenty Yearsp. 420
Orange Buds by Mail from Floridap. 420
Twilightp. 421
You Lingering Sparse Leaves of Mep. 421
Not Meagre, Latent Boughs Alonep. 421
The Dead Emperorp. 421
As the Greek's Signal Flamep. 422
The Dismantled Shipp. 422
Now Precedent Songs, Farewellp. 422
An Evening Lullp. 423
Old Age's Lambent Peaksp. 423
After the Supper and Talkp. 423
Good-Bye My Fancy
Preface Note to 2d Annexp. 425
Sail Out for Good, Eidolon Yacht!p. 426
Lingering Last Dropsp. 427
Good-Bye my Fancyp. 427
On, On the Same, Ye Jocund Twain!p. 427
My 71st Yearp. 428
Apparitionsp. 428
The Pallid Wreathp. 428
An Ended Dayp. 429
Old Age's Ship and Crafty Death'sp. 429
To the Pending Yearp. 429
Shakspere-Bacon's Cipherp. 430
Long, Long Hencep. 430
Bravo, Paris Exposition!p. 431
Interpolation Soundsp. 431
To the Sun-set Breezep. 432
Old Chantsp. 432
A Christmas Greetingp. 433
Sounds of the Winterp. 434
A Twilight Songp. 434
When the Full-Grown Poet Camep. 435
Osceolap. 435
A Voice from Deathp. 436
A Persian Lessonp. 437
The Commonplacep. 438
"The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete"p. 438
Miragesp. 438
L. of G.'s Purportp. 439
The Unexpress'dp. 440
Grand Is the Seenp. 440
Unseen Budsp. 440
Good-Bye my Fancy!p. 441
A Backward Glance o'er Travel'd Roadsp. 442
Glossaryp. 457
Bibliographyp. 459
Index of Titles and First Linesp. 461
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ISBN: 9780553211160
ISBN-10: 0553211161
Series: Bantam Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: January 1983
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.15 x 10.41  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.25