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Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman

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Leaves of Grass is a compilation of over 400 poems by the American poet Walt Whitman. Though the first edition was published in 1855 (and was a small book of 12 poems), there were several revised editions that were published up until his death. This Global Grey ebooks edition is the last one published. During the life of Whitman, Leaves of Grass was controversial for it's sexual imagery, and is notable for it's poems about sensual pleasures.

This book has 920 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1855.

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Excerpt from 'Leaves of Grass'

Come, said my soul,

Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,)

That should I after return,

Or, long, long hence, in other spheres,

There to some group of mates the chants resuming,

(Tallying Earth's soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,)

Ever with pleas'd smile I may keep on,

Ever and ever yet the verses owning—as, first, I here and now

Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name,


One's-self I sing, a simple separate person,

Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.

Of physiology from top to toe I sing,

Not physiognomy alone nor brain alone is worthy for the Muse, I say

the Form complete is worthier far,

The Female equally with the Male I sing.

Of Life immense in passion, pulse, and power,

Cheerful, for freest action form'd under the laws divine,

The Modern Man I sing.

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