Walt Whitman: Selected Poems 1855-1892

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Macmillan, 1999 M08 23 - 530 pages
A fully unexpurgated collection that restores the sexual vitality and subversive flair suppressed by Whitman himself in later editions of Leaves of Grass.

A century after his death, Whitman is still celebrated as America's greatest poet. In this startling new edition of his work, Whitman biographer Gary Schmidgall presents over 200 poems in their original pristine form, in the chronological order in which they were written, with Whitman's original line breaks and punctuation. Included in this volume are facsimiles of Whitman's original manuscripts, contemporary - and generally blistering - reviews of Whitman's poetry (not surprisingly Henry James hated it), and early pre-Leaves of Grass poems that return us to the physical Whitman, rejoicing - sometimes graphically - in homoerotic love.

Unlike the many other available editions, all drawn from the final authorized or "deathbed" Leaves of Grass, this collection focuses on the exuberant poems Whitman wrote during the creative and sexual prime of his life, roughly between l853 and l860. These poems are faithfully presented as Whitman first gave them to the world - fearless, explicit and uncompromised - before he transformed himself into America's respectable, mainstream Good Gray Poet through 30 years of revision, self-censorship and suppression.

Whitman admitted that his later poetry lacked the "ecstasy of statement" of his early verse. Revealing that ecstasy for the first time, this edition makes possible a major reappraisal of our nation first great poet.

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Love this edition. Nicely edited and love the earlier versions of the poems. Much more powerful. There are fantastic notes in the back and drafts of even earlier versions of the poems as well. An excellent academic companion. Read full review

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Summary: The first five pages of this book tells about the life of Walt Whitman. The book is essentially a collection of his poetry. They are categorized by "on land", "at sea", "at war", and "sky and ... Read full review

Contents

WHITMANS PREFACE
3
WHITMANS UNSIGNED REVIEW BROOKLYN DAILY TIMES 1855
112
Poem of Salutation
121
Poem of Wonder at The Resurrection of The Wheat
130
Poem of The Road
140
Poem of Procreation
149
Bunch Poem
155
Poem of The Propositions of Nakedness
157
O drops of me trickle slow drops
237
Of him I love day and night
238
City of my walks and joys
239
I saw in Louisiana a liveoak growing
240
Music always round me
241
This moment as I sit alone
242
The prairiegrass dividing
243
O love
244

Poem of The Sayers of The Words of The Earth
160
RALPH WALDO EMERSONS CONGRATULATORY LETTER
166
A CONVERSATIONAL POSTSCRIPT 1889
172
LEAVES OF GRASS 1860
173
ProtoLeaf
177
8 Splendor of falling day
188
Historian you who celebrate bygones
190
To oratiststo male or female
191
Poets to come
192
Me imperturbe
193
I was looking a long while
194
1 Elemental drifts
195
O bitter sprig
198
I sit and look out
199
Now I make a leaf of Voices
200
Lift me close to your face till I whisper
201
A Word Out of the Sea
208
1 To the garden the world
214
From that of myself
215
O furious O confine me not
217
You and Iwhat the earth is we are
218
Native moments when you come upon me
219
Once I passed through a populous city
220
In the new garden in all the parts 99
221
O hymen O hymenee
222
1 In paths untrodden
223
Whoever you are holding me now in hand
225
These I singing in spring collect for lovers
227
States
228
Not heaving from my ribbed breast only
230
Long I thought that knowledge alone would suffice me
231
Hours continuing long sore and heavyhearted
232
You bards of ages hence
233
When I heard at the close of the day ?
234
Are you the new person drawn toward me
235
Not heat flames up and consumes
236
One flitting glimpse caught through an interstice
245
What ship puzzled at sea
246
No laborsaving machine
247
To you of New England
248
A Leaf for hand in hand
249
UNPUBLISHED INTRODUCTION 1861
267
Come Up from the Fields Father
273
A Farm Picture
278
Look Down Fair Moon
284
When Lilacs Last in the DoorYard Bloomd
291
O Captain My Captain
298
Reconciliation
304
Passage to India
315
Proud Music of the Storm
323
This Dust was Once the Man
329
The Untold Want
332
One Song America Before I Go
340
By Broad Potomacs Shore
348
Eidolons
360
Wandering at Morn
366
The Prairie States
372
Mannahatta
386
After the Dazzle of Day
389
After the Supper and Talk
395
AUTHORS NOTE TO 189192 EDITION
401
The Rounded Catalogue Divine Complete
407
Poems Published Before Leaves or Posthumously
413
Significant Passages from Whitman Manuscripts
423
Whitmans Observations on Leaves of Grass 188892
438
November Philadelphia Evening Bulletin 30 October 1888
478
Notes on the Poems
485
Faith Poem 153
493
A Select Whitman Bibliography
517
Sometimes with one I love 250
528
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About the author (1999)

Gary Schmidgall is the author of several studies of Shakespeare and biographies of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman. He has been a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies and the Mellon and Guggenheim Foundations.

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