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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,611 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walt Whitman Narrator: Joan Allen, Bill Pullman, Burt Reynolds Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unspecified Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Perhaps the first great and truly American poet, Walt Whitman's writing reflected the idealism and turbulence of the mid-19th century. His poetry broke new stylistic ground with its unconventional meter and rhyme schemes, yet celebrated democratic values, the beauty of nature, and the complex variety and vitality of American life. The Poetry of Walt Whitman presents 32 of his most remarkable works, including In Paths Untrodden, For You O Democracy, and Tears, eloquently performed by Joan Allen, Bill Pullman, Burt Reynolds, and seven other renowned actors.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Schvejda | 2/15/2014

    " Completed reading the works of Walt Whitman... Really enjoyed it! Very impressed with his work, particularly the gender and race equality expressed, love of the outdoors, first hand accounts of travel, Nature, Politics, Civil War... and finally the way he refers to "you the reader." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/11/2014

    " I don't love Whitman, but I did find more of him to like this time around--mostly the things that come after "Song of Myself." Good job on the singing and celebrating, though, WW. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 2/7/2014

    " haven't read all of it...but song of myself makes me tremble "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 1/28/2014

    " For some reason, I've never gotten around to reading Whitman. All I can say is, What a Discovery! I had the impression that Whitman was an egomaniac in extremis. On the surface, he comes close to that in "Song of Myself." But on many re-readings, I think the "energy" you see in that particular poem is more a sense of urgency in his poetic voice. I can't go into detail about the rest of his oeuvre, but I'll be returning time and again to many of his poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernie | 1/6/2014

    " While I can't claim to have read all of it, Leaves of Grass is great. Whitman's prose works are also quite good, particularly "Democratic Vistas." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 1/6/2014

    " Wonderful piece of writing - so happy to have had the experience of taking an entire course on Whitman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 12/26/2013

    " I will never finish this. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bekki | 12/25/2013

    " I actually haven't read the complete works, but I adore "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking". I would like to read more to learn if I actually like this poet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 12/24/2013

    " The end all and be all. Whitman makes my blood dance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 12/22/2013

    " what can I say? a shooting star I want to reach out and grab "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 11/26/2013

    " The zenith of American poetry--to this day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucianna | 10/12/2013

    " I can see why Nicholas Sparks uses Whitman as his inspiration. His poems are music for the eyes, especially the female eyes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy Jones | 10/2/2013

    " Right now he is my favorite poet. Just an all American man who really lived his life to the fullest and helped many people along the way. Love all of his work. His poetry really makes you feel the way he felt when he wrote it. He had a love of nature (esp. birds) like no other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 6/3/2013

    " A great American voice, from the complexities of Song of Myself to the simplicity of The Last Invocation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iain Coggins | 4/4/2013

    " The Whitman I go by! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luther Wilson | 3/19/2013

    " How did I miss this?...fantastic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 2/6/2013

    " I will always be reading this book. The man is brillant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 12/24/2012

    " I cherish this book. If I had to choose only one book to read for the rest of life, this might be the one I would choose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 11/1/2012

    " My favorite poet ever. He is truly an enlightened being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Noce | 8/15/2012

    " Song of myself and leaves of grass are unparalleled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Katherine McMullen | 1/29/2012

    " Whitman captured me from the first line "I celebrate myself." Whitman's ability to unite with nature and the people around him brought me to a unification of my own. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Collins | 11/27/2011

    " an absolutely excellent edition. altho the prose selections are more sparse than i would like, some gesture toward portability had to be made. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelique | 5/18/2011

    " A true classic!I read this book in high school and it's as profound today is it was then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leigh | 5/18/2011

    " Some of Whitman's more prosaic excesses don't work for me; but other parts make me cry like a child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 5/10/2011

    " Leaves of Grass is short and deep and beautiful.It gave me hope and despair, affirmed and denied me, raised me up, brought me down, and leveled me out. I will certainly read it again. If you haven't yet, take the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 4/9/2011

    " Give me the splendid silent sun with all its beams full dazzling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ke | 4/9/2011

    " Really nice descriptions. He seems like a humble man.

    I'm not sure why he wanted to write about other cultures when he knew so little about them.

    I found it repetitive at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 4/4/2011

    " This book perpetually occupies my "currently reading shelf": when I feel callous or angry or lost, I reach for it, thumb to a random page, read whatever it says and feel at once redeemed.


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laure | 3/26/2011

    " Sublime. La poesía de Whitman es una delicia. Tan contundente, tan poderosa... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 3/26/2011

    " A quintessential American voice. He loved our Full Selves. Unabridged, always unabridged. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan | 3/17/2011

    " I doubt I am qualified to say anything of note about this classic, but it's a collection I am very much looking forward to rereading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zack | 3/6/2011

    " A masterpiece. In every sense of the word. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elektra | 3/2/2011

    " Ah poetry, how I love thee like leaves shedding in the fall. "

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About the Author
Author Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was the son of a carpenter. His formal schooling ended at age eleven, when he was apprenticed to a printer in Brooklyn. He spent the next two decades as a printer, freelance writer, and editor in New York. In 1855, at his own expense, he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which would mark him as the major poetic voice of an emerging America. Whitman would go on expanding and revising it for the rest of his life, with the final edition appearing in 1892, the year of his death.