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  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (March 29 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140424515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424515
  • ASIN: 0140424512
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 4.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was born on Long Island and educated in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a printer's devil, journeyman compositor, itinerant schoolteacher, editor, and unofficial nurse to Northern and Southern soldiers.

Francis Murphy is a professor emeritus of English at Smith College.


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This collection of Whitman's poetry has the ulitimate selection for any reader, whether one is experienced in the composition and analyzation of Whitman or simply reading for pleasure. The book contains every known work by the author, as well as numerous editions of poems such as "Song of Myself" which was revised and reprinted by the author several times. If one is a fan of Walt Whitman, this is an excellent source of all his poetry compact into one book. If a person is just begining to experience the poet, everyting someone would want to read is at his or her fingertips.
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The poems in this book are un-explainable by words. It dosn't matter if you don't understand it all, The poems touch you just the same. I definatley Recommend this book to poetry lovers!
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I like the way Walt Whitman sees the world and the spirit he brings to those observations and of course the love and wisdom. As a calligrapher I have in this collection an inexhaustible treasury of quotes and the opportunity to enjoy and absorb what wisdom I am ready for while lettering..
Just open to any page and read...a delight,
This book is a" keep on the desk or night table book", in my opinion.
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The book arrived within a week! The collection itself is brilliant, and the convient size makes for practicle travel size.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9cb9f1c8) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
73 of 75 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d34242c) out of 5 stars A beautiful intoduction to Whitman Dec 18 2001
By liz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This collection of Whitman's poetry has the ulitimate selection for any reader, whether one is experienced in the composition and analyzation of Whitman or simply reading for pleasure. The book contains every known work by the author, as well as numerous editions of poems such as "Song of Myself" which was revised and reprinted by the author several times. If one is a fan of Walt Whitman, this is an excellent source of all his poetry compact into one book. If a person is just begining to experience the poet, everyting someone would want to read is at his or her fingertips.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cde7714) out of 5 stars One of the Greats Feb. 12 2008
By Mickey Callaghan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Walt Whitman is, indisputably, America's poet. He is vast, large, contradictory (Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself/(I am large, I contain multitudes)), beautiful and loose and American to the core!

His greatest poem is, in my opinion, "Song of Myself." This is far from a controversial opinion, and for good reason; the eighty-odd page long poem is an astounding epic--albeit, an unusual one, but a monumental achievement of literature. It is Whitman as Everyman, Whitman as you, as me, as all other mortals from China to Peru. I quote his beautiful closing stanzas:

"I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I
Love,
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.

You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,
But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blood.

Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged,
Missing me one place search another,
I stop some where waiting for you"

Such beauty in verse, especially free verse, is scarcely found, and, when found, must be cherished. There is a reason almost all poets after him--and not just poets in the English language, either (Borges, for example, aspired to be the "Whitman of Argentina")--have been influenced by him more so than any other poet besides perhaps Shakespeare and Milton.

Nor is "Song of Myself" his only great poem, though it surely be his greatest. His elegy for Abraham Lincoln, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd" is monumental (the great critic Harold Bloom declares it Whitman's finest poem, and thus the greatest of all American poems--I dissent, but uphold its marvel nonetheless), as is almost all of his wonderful corpus of poetry. Whitman is remarkable; he is inescapable; he is beautiful. Read him, and thou shalt be infinitely rewarded.
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HASH(0x9cb3abb8) out of 5 stars Welcome to Whitman's World May 15 2006
By A.Bassiouny - Published on Amazon.com
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Whitman is a special poet. As you read through his poems you get the feeling that you are not reading poetry but rather going through Whitman's mind. His compulsive style both simple and meticulous, his whirling rhythym, and his proud usage of the first person, all give you a vivid glimpse of the world through his eyes and heart; the eyes of his time and the poetic heart of his thoughts. Yet even though Whitman talks to you in social vocab. you know that you are listening to a poet because ast is ineveitable to sense his power to overwhelm. Lorca described Whitman as "viejo" and "hermoso", and these descriptions are true of Whitman the poet as Whitman the man. After reading this book you'll be short of words to describe it as I appear to be. It has too much inside it. But it is beautiful because the words inside it come from a man who knew how to appreciate and merge with the antiquity and great elderiness of the world.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cb42eac) out of 5 stars very complete! May 22 2008
By Where Waldo? - Published on Amazon.com
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This book covers every one of the many, many revisions of Leaves of Grass. Great for enjoymen as well as research.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cbc2348) out of 5 stars This is a great companion piece for anyone interested in poetry or creative ... July 22 2014
By Arturo - Published on Amazon.com
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Walt Whitman was one of the greats... I was a fan of his work ever since I saw the late 80s movie, Dead Poets Society. I look forward to reading the rest of Mr. Whitman's work. This is a great companion piece for anyone interested in poetry or creative writing.


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