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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (37,376 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walt Whitman Narrator: Robin Field Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of the great innovative figures in American letters, Walt Whitman created a daring new kind of poetry that became a major force in world literature. His poems have been woven into the very fabric of the American character and have continued to provide inspiration to people and poets for generations.

Leaves of Grass is Whitman’s masterpiece, written in a pure, uninhibited style and combining sensual and mystical sensibilities. Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essay “The Poet” inspired the work, praised it, saying “I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed.” Self-published in 1855, it was repeatedly expanded and revised by Whitman throughout the rest of his life. This recording follows the final, most complete edition which appeared in 1892, the year of Whitmans death.

Among the poems in the collection are “Song of Myself,” “I Sing the Body Electric,” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” Whitman’s elegy to the assassinated president Abraham Lincoln.

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  • “Not only the single greatest poetic triumph to emerge from Transcendentalism but also the first collection of poetry uniquely American in vision, voice, form, and substance.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • Leaves of Grass is a good choice to listen to while cooking, cleaning, gardening, or doing other chores that require rhythmic repetitive motion and leave your mind free to wander. Walt Whitman’s reverence for the marvelous and the majestic, and his explorations of life’s mysteries, can bring another dimension to any mundane task. But it requires concentration to follow along closely to poem after poem, despite Robin Field’s pleasing voice and astute interpretations. This volume, however, can be listened to repeatedly, as Field brings new life to Whitman’s poems with his intelligent emphasis and emotion. And when Field recites a particularly resonant phrase at just the right time, the moment can turn into song.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Alyssa | 2/17/2014

    " "Grass" rhymes with something that this obscenely long and craptacular "classic" poem can kiss. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mark | 2/11/2014

    " My honest admission: I didn't read every poem. But after years of not having read Whitman, I enjoyed his poetry greatly. I think I'm so drawn to the narrative thread that I often have trouble reading books of poetry. Just me, I guess. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Steve Njavro | 2/4/2014

    " Tis is true love of life, liberty and the Dream of America. Deep in meaning and full of joy, sadness and an honest perception of life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jediraven | 2/3/2014

    " It was a tedious read because I didn't know many of the words, but as I went through I actually looked them up and wrote them down in the back few blank pages. He really has an appreciation for everything in here, and now that I've read I'm a bit sad that most people don't take the time to appreciate and admire things, especially in ourselves and nature. If you want to read poetry with a little bit of a plot, this is a great book. "

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