When Walt Whitman self-published "Leaves of Grass" in 1855, he rocked the literary world and forever changed the course of poetry. In subsequent editions, Whitman continued to revise and expand his poems - but none matched the raw power and immediacy of the first edition. This volume presents the 1855 "Leaves of Grass" in its entirety, unchanged, along with Ralph Waldo Emerson's famous letter to Whitman.
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- phillip joe fitzsimmons
1st Edition of Leaves of Grass
The book is great. Great in itself. It can also be used as a launching spot for getting into the rest of the editions.
I'm particularly thinking about the 3rd and final Deathbed editions. They are both so long that it is easy to get lost about what the overall point of each one is. But each edition does something different. Having the structure of this edition in mind will allow the reader to know where Whitman is going in the long versions.
Also, I agree with Whitman. This 1st edition can and should be read, preferably aloud, many times. Maybe it shouldn't be read as often as he advises us to do. But read it, read it often. If this recording helps you to do so, then, well done audible.
About the audible, performance, it is good, not great but solid enough. The voice talent transposed the order of two pairs of words in the introductory essay. For the work of a poet of Whitman's stature every word should be exactly as he wrote it. The transposed words were a warning to me to expect more errors. But I didn't notice any in the poetry. I will listen to this again soon, probably multiple times. So, all in all, well done. Anything to get people interested in one of our great American poets.
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Great Poetry Marred by Mispronunciations
What three words best describe Sam Torode’s performance?
Pleasant voice and pace but far too many mispronunciations.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. Over four hours of poetry should be enjoyed slowly.
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