The Complete Poems

by Walt Whitman | Poetry | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0140422226 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNiorawing of Ranco, Lombardia Italy on 11/29/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by wingNiorawing from Ranco, Lombardia Italy on Thursday, November 29, 2007
Edited by Francis Murphy. From the back cover:

Whitman published his Leaves of Grass in 1855 and prepared eight other editions during the next thirty-five years.

These incorporated completely new poems as well as extensive changes in those that had already appeared. Most of the changes served to emphasize the prophetic strand in his poetry - Whitman as the exuberant champion of political and sexual emancipation - but there is another element in his work which it was left to D.H. Lawrence to point out: "This is the unrestful, ungraspable poetry of the sheer present... Whitman's is the best poetry of this kind."

Francis Murphy has chosen to print the final "death-bed" edition (1891-2) of Leaves of Grass, in accordance with a note of instruction left by the poet to his future editors. But earlier versions of many poems are also given in the notes so that the reader can follow Whitman's development. In addition, the 1855 version of one of his most important poems, Song of Myself, is given in full in an appendix. Whitman's early poems appear in another appendix, so that, apart from manuscript fragments left on his death, the present edition contains all of Whitman's known work.

A thick Penguin Classics paperback, reserved for Tarna.

Update (December 8): in the mail! Happy trails!

Journal Entry 2 by wingTarnawing from Tampere, Pirkanmaa / Birkaland Finland on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Thank you, Niora! This is great! The book will be staying in my TBR pile for quite a while — with all its almost 900 pages. However, I’m not worried. Poetry isn’t meant to be read all at once. Now I can take the book whenever I want, read a poem or two, and just enjoy. I feel happy.
And the label you’ve made is so cool! Best BC label I’ve seen so far. Wow.
Thanks for the lovely Christmas card too. Mauri Kunnas makes you smile every time, doesn’t he?


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