|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||The Encyclopedia of Political Thought|
|Editors||Michael T. Gibbons|
|Publisher||John Wiley & Sons, Inc.|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - 2014|
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).