By Walt Whitman
When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was once a narrow quantity of twelve poems and he was once a journalist and poet from new york, little-known yet choked with ambition and poetic hearth. to provide a brand new voice to the hot country shaken via civil warfare, he spent his whole existence revising and including to the paintings, yet his preliminary act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's demand a countrywide poet has made Whitman the fundamental American author. This wealthy cross-section of his paintings comprises poems from all through Whitman's lifetime as released on his deathbed version of 1891, brief tales, his prefaces to the numerous versions of Leaves of Grass, and a number of prose decisions, together with Democratic Vistas, Specimen Days, and Slang in America.
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