Whitman, Walt (1819-92)

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The publication of Leaves of Grass on or about July 4, 1855 represented an act of political and aesthetic revolution. Printed at Whitman's expense, the volume bore no author's name, only a daguerreotype engraving of the poet, dressed as a workingman, which appeared opposite the title page. The 12 untitled poems were introduced by a prose preface in which the poet declared America's literary independence. In the first and longest poem (later entitled “Song of Myself”), the poet named himself: “Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos, / Disorderly fleshy and sensual … eating drinking and breeding” (1996: 50).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Political Thought
EditorsMichael T. Gibbons
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118474396
ISBN (Print)9781405191296
StatePublished - 2014


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