Song of Myself and Other Poems

Walt Whitman Robert Hass Paul Ebenkamp

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Song of Myself and Other Poems

Song of Myself and Other Poems Song of Myself the premier poem in Leaves of Grass is widely believed to be one of the most important poems in American literature A large part of the brilliance of Song of Myself is the raffish pla

  • Title: Song of Myself and Other Poems
  • Author: Walt Whitman Robert Hass Paul Ebenkamp
  • ISBN: 9781582435718
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Song of Myself, the premier poem in Leaves of Grass, is widely believed to be one of the most important poems in American literature A large part of the brilliance of Song of Myself is the raffish playfulness of its diction the poem belongs to the mid nineteenth century s love of wordplay that also characterizes the work of Dickens and Twain Walt Whitman was deeply Song of Myself, the premier poem in Leaves of Grass, is widely believed to be one of the most important poems in American literature A large part of the brilliance of Song of Myself is the raffish playfulness of its diction the poem belongs to the mid nineteenth century s love of wordplay that also characterizes the work of Dickens and Twain Walt Whitman was deeply interested in the American language as it was emerging in his time He wrote about American dictionaries and was fascinated by the vocabularies of the sciences and the streets There is a story that Walt Whitman was a regular visitor to the New York Public Library, where he loved to peer into the provenience of the words he overheard and read Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp s lexicon walks us through his greatest poem and, in their footsteps, much is revealed about the words Whitman chose in 1855 their inflections, meanings, and native usages we wouldn t otherwise know We are made to understand, perhaps truly for the first time, Whitman s query in Song of Myself Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems In the first part of the collection, Hass offers an introduction to the poem and then, with Ebenkamp, a rich annotation of Song of Myself The second part of this book includes poems from across the span of Whitman s career, selected by Hass, that give us a fresh look at the beauty, authority, and sweep of Whitman s work.

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    1. Stephen on said:

      I really deeply appreciate this book. An escape often, but a celebration of escape and focus and gratitude and longing. A celebration of nostalgia, dreaming and the attendance of life. It always gives me a new line, a new mantra, something secreted away the last time i read it, because I was too mesmerized by the line before. If you need a hearty motivational speech, here it is. It reminds me of the smile of a young man I met, who saw his first day out of prison in the past 4 years.

    2. Nyma on said:

      "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.”

    3. David on said:

      Three reasons to read this book: 1) You are interested in history. The lexicon will be fun for you. 2) You are interested in poetry, ergo, you must read Whitman, whether you like him or not. This will be a good way to encounter his work. 3). You are cosmic seeker type like me, and Whitman's poem is essentially a sacred text for you. Whatever you think of him, he was amazing, and you should read this even if you don't like Whitman. So there.I started to give this 4 stars, but then I thought: What [...]

    4. ZaRi on said:

      Would you hear of an old-time sea-fight?Would you learn who won by the light of the moon and stars?List to the yarn, as my grandmother’s father the sailor told it to me.Our foe was no skulk in his ship I tell you, (said he,)His was the surly English pluck, and there is no tougher or truer, and never was, and never will be;Along the lower’d eve he came horribly raking us.We closed with him, the yards entangled, the cannon touch’d,My captain lash’d fast with his own hands.We had receiv’d [...]

    5. Jeff on said:

      A nice edition. I love the typeface. The selection of poems beyond "Song of Myself" and the other major poems of 1855-1860 is smallish, but choice, and includes such personal favorites as the notebook form of the short poem, "Once I Passed Through a Populous City," which includes the masculine pronouns Whitman later thought better of. This edition has Robert Hass and his co-editor Paul Ebenkamp's "Lexicon" of the title poem, which has much rich and useful historical definition to contextualize a [...]

    6. William Schram on said:

      Mainly covers Song of Myself, has both the 1855 and 1891 versions. Following that is a lexicon covering the words used and what they mean in context of the times and everything.After the lexicon is a selection of poems also done by Whitman such as A Noiseless Patient Spider and some others.

    7. Dorinda on said:

      So good I bought my own and returned the library copy. Editor notes/comments great.

    8. Lark Benobi on said:

      My seventeenth time reading this, or so. Every time I feel the same exuberance and sense of wonder.

    9. Diane on said:

      Interesting. Read it as a part of the MOOC class. Got a lot more out of it because of the online discussions.

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