Walt Whitman spent his entire life writing Leaves of Grass, although several editions exist. Although cited as controversial because of the language used with innuendo, in today's culture versus his mid 1800's release the collection of poems is now widely accepted and seen as a classic. The pure sensuality of the poetry sets it apart from no other, and Whitman ensured that his symbolism and other devices were widely used in verse. Besides devices, Whitman brings what is needed to poetry-the willingness to be honest and open, the soul nakedness in the midst of censorship and taming ideas.
Interested in reading Leaves of Grass? Download this public domain book in the US at Project Gutenberg.
Title: Leaves of Grass. Proto-Leaf
Creator: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
Source: Oscar Lion Collection/ Leaves of Grass
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building/ Rare Books Division