Generous sampling of 24 of Whitman's best and most representative poems from Leaves of Grass. Selections include I Hear America Singing, I Sing the Body Electric, Song of the Open Road, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd and O Captain! My Captain! - all reprinted from an authoritative text.
One of America's most influential and innovative poets, Walt Whitman (1819-92) worked as a teacher, journalist, and volunteer nurse during the Civil War. Proclaimed as the nation's first poet of democracy, Whitman reached out to common readers and opposed censorship with his overt celebrations of sexuality