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Leaves of Grass

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  63,236 Ratings  ·  1,591 Reviews
"I celebrate myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loafe and invite my soul,
I lean and loafe at my ease....observing a spear of summer grass."
So begins Leaves of Grass, the first great American poem and indeed, to this day, the greatest and most essentially American poem in all our national literature.
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Hardcover, 167 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1855)
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Sep 11, 2007 Selby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Whitman used to right fake reviews under false names for Leaves of Grass and send them to publishers, newspapers, and periodicals. I love that about him. So over the top. He had love for everything. Especially himself. As for the quality of the work the words speak for themselves:
"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not co
In Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman sings nature and his symbiosis with America, he sings the universe and his awareness of it all, but above all he sings the people and their quest for individuality and immortality. ‘The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.’ And here he includes himself with all his mysticism and spiritual illuminations. In that, it is a celebration of humanity, his country and everything in it. Some parts of his poems were so bea ...more
❁ بــدريــه ❁

إليك ..

أيها الغريب
حين تمرّ بي ، وتريد أن تحدثني
لمَ لا تحدّثني ؟
ولمَ لا أحدّثك ؟

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والت ويتمان شاعرًا أرضيًا ، لا تملك قصيدته أحيانًا غير أسماء
الأماكن و المدن وظواهر الطبيعة. وحتى اهتمامه بالأجرام
السماوية ليس غير تأكيد لقوانينه الأرضية :

" إن ورقة العشب ليست أقل حركة من النجوم "

حياة والت ويتمان أشبه بخلاصة للحياة التي عاشها من قبله
وسيعيشها من بعده، ولد العام 1819 في لونغ آيلاند، لم تدم
دراسته طويلًا، إذ سرعان ما نراه يلتحق بالعم
Jan 21, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alright, my rating here is very misleading. I haven't read Leaves Of Grass. I don't even intend to read Leaves Of Grass. Not all the way through any way. It seems sort of weird to just read a big fat collection of poetry all the way through. The five star rating is for one poem, "Song of the Open Road".

I've never really appreciated poetry. I've liked song lyrics and that's poetry, but it seemed like I needed a tune to go with it. I've liked scripture which can be pretty poetic, but it seemed I n
Lauren Schumacher
Aug 05, 2013 Lauren Schumacher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When Leaves of Grass was first published, critics applauded Whitman "only that he did not burn" the "mass of stupid filth" immediately upon completion. They primarily objected to its sensual and occasionally (rather overtly) homoerotic content. Nowadays, of course, it seems entirely too mild to raise an objection on those grounds, but man, oh man, I understand the impulse to want to turn this book into kindling.

It's less like THIS...

...and more like THIS.

This weighty poetic tome has all the we
Ben Wilson
Nov 27, 2007 Ben Wilson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: democrats, republicans, flag-shitters
Recommended to Ben by: President Clinton gave this as a present to Monica Lewinsky
Shelves: neverfinished
Leaves of Grass is like reading every single instant message that I and a friend of mine ever wrote to one another over the course of the last ten years. Likely way too long, too self-serving and would have shocked the general public if they cared to read it when it was written. But nestled in there are some real, true brilliant moments.

This is after all Whitman's life work, laid bare and un-edited for the most part. What else are we to expect? He is literally singing a song of himself, which he
May 22, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: g-poesia, n-usa, e5, l-100bb
"Adeus, minha Fantasia!
Adeus, querida companheira, minha amada!
Vou, mas não sei para onde vou,
Nem qual será a minha sorte, nem se alguma vez nos voltaremos a ver,
Por isso, adeus, minha Fantasia!

Agora, a minha última vontade — deixa-me olhar para trás por um instante;
Cada vez mais lento e leve o tiquetaque do relógio dentro de mim,
Retirada, anoitecer, e em breve a surda palpitação que pára.

Convivemos, alegrámo-nos e consolámo-nos durante muito tempo;
Foi magnífico! — Agora separamo-nos — Adeus, mi
Apr 12, 2008 Collin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
Holy shit this is self-important and tedious.

--update: This has sat untouched on my desk all year. I can think of a hundred books I'd rather start than finish this, so I doubt I'll pick it back up unless I run out of books to read, I'm too poor to buy any more books, all my friends turn on me and refuse to loan me anything else, and all the nearby libraries are set on fire simultaneously.
Araz Goran
Oct 09, 2015 Araz Goran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب, شعر

شريد الطرقات وغريب الأطوار ،ملحن الكلمات ،الماشي بين السفوح والوديان ، المقاتل ، المتطرف الغائب ،الحاضر ، قديس الروح وعربيد الجسد، المتفائل، الرفيق والسائح، الفلاح، المغامر، المنطلق نحو حياة لا حدود لها وأفق فسيح يتمدد أمامه كرحلة أبدية تنتهي من حيث تبدأ وتبدأ من حيث ينتهي، في أعماق الطبيعة وجنون الحياة وبين أجساد الفقراء والبائسين والقتال والمقاتلين ،البحر والصيادين ..

هناك حيث يسكن والت ويتمان...

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أنا شاعر الجسد، وأنا شاعر الروح
هناءات الجنة معي، وعذابات ال
There's only so much rhetoric on American imperialism I can ingest and assimilate at a stretch. Later, Mr Whitman.

(paused at 47%)
Ahmed Oraby
ويتمان شاعر داعر، عبقري، لطيف، حييّ، محب للكون والطبيعة والوجود
عاشق للمتع والحياة واللذائد
شعره داعر، ومفضوح. وإباحي أحيانا
كلماته صريحة جريئة، ونداءاته تنبض بالحياة
ديوان جميل وعبقري، وترجمة سعدي يوسف أحيته
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Did you know that the letters in "Leaves of Grass" can be rearranged to spell "Asses of Gravel"?
If you find yourself anagramming the letters in the title rather than reading the poetry, it's a good sign you're not into the book. But I really wanted some of whatever Whitman was smoking that made him so ecstatically, ebulliently enthusiastic about every molecule on the planet. Including his own b.o.

"The scent of these arm-pits aroma finer than prayer."

Huh??? Was this guy sniffing glue along wit

القراءة الأولي لـ والت وايتمان
الشاعر الأمريكي الشهير
الهادئ .. الراقي .. البسيط إلي حد التعقيد !!

هل تعرف ذلك الإحساس حين تصبح سعادتك الكبري في الاستلقاء علي العشب الأخضر والعالم يمر من فوقك لا تعبأ به ولا يعبأ بك ؟

هل تعرف ذلك الإحساس حين تكون سعادتك في أن تتحدث مع ذاتك عن ذاتك .. وعن الآخرين بمنتهي الصدق .. فلا تعبأ بصورتك في المرآة كيف كانت ؟ ولا كيف نظروا إليك ؟ ولا كيف سيحكمون عليك في يوم ما ؟

هل تعرف ذلك الإحساس حين تتحدث إليهم بكل صدق
وتقول : هذا أنا ! فلا تتعبوا أنفسكم في تغييري .. أنا أحب نف
Bryan  Jones
May 29, 2007 Bryan Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Song of Myself" is a work of pure genius comparable to Shakespeare's greatest. I love these last three stanzas especially. When my wife and I were dating long distance and when I was deployed, I would end alot of my letters with "I stop somewhere waiting for you."

I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love.
If you want me again look for me under your bootsoles.
You will hardly know who I am or what I mean,

But I shall be good health to you nevertheless,
And filter and fibre your blo
Ahmed Ibrahim
مختارات من ديوان الشاعر الأمريكي المتميز، شاعر الطبيعة، المحب لوطنه بصورة كبيرة جلية في أشعاره - والت ويتمان، ديوان ظل شاعره يكتب وينقح فيه أربعين سنة.
ويتمان ذو فلسفة مختلفة بعض الشيء، واختلف الجميع عليه، فالبعض يراه متصوفًا والبعض يراه شاذًا!
في المقدمة تحدث المترجم عن هذه النقطة ورد بأن أشعاره الجنسية تنفي عنه الاثنان.
لكن أغلب أشعاره توضح فلسفته، فهو يرى نفسه في الجميع ويرى الجميع في نفسه، فيها من الفكرة الصوفية لكن بطريقة مختلفة.. فالشاعر عندما يتحدث عن أي شخص/شيء يتحدث كأنه هو، ومثال على هذا
Yassmeen Altaif
Jun 09, 2016 Yassmeen Altaif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعرفت على الكتاب من باب الصدفة، أبحث عن كتاب ديني ومن خلال البحث كان هذا الكتاب من المئة الكتب التي ينصح بقراءتها، أسم الكتاب آثار فضولي عن ماذا تتحدث هذه الأوراق.

وبعد البحث اكتشفت ان أوراق العشب شعر، وبدأت قراءته لأول مرة إقرأ كتاب شعري مترجم وليس قصائد عربية.

القصائد جميلة جداً، والترجمة جيدة وممتازة.
المواضيع المتناولة في الكتاب رائعة، بدأها بقصائد بهذا الكتاب مناشد المكتبات والقارئ وختمها بأغنية عن نفسه.

"أيتها الخجلى
أيتها المتدفقة بالأنوثة،
آه لو جذبتك إليّ
لأغرس فيك للمرة الأولى
شفتي رجل
Jenny Beth
Feb 26, 2009 Jenny Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pour-y-vivre
Few people know that I curl up with Song of Myself whenever i am depressed. i gave a nice boy from England my beautiful edition once as a birthday gift, so now i curl up with this dreadful Norton Anthology edition where the pages are thinner than onion skins. once i get to the end and reread some of my favorites bits i always find i am ready to rejoin the family of mankind again as tolerable, if not pleasurable, company. I think, as many do, that the affirmation and daring and greed and urgency ...more
To quote Robert Louis Stevenson:
…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.
But let's look at the positive side. Monica Lewinsky gave a copy to Bill Clinton as a present.
The 5-star rating is for the cream of this collection, those superb monuments of world literature such as Song of Myself, Body Electric, The Sun-Down Poem, Blue Ontario's Shores, As I Ebb'd with the Ocean of Life, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd, The Sleepers, Fancies at Navesink, and a double-armful of the shorter lyrics.

Whitman's B-Sides, about 70% of this chunky 1892 "death bed edition," rarely come up to snuff, and despite a virtuoso flourish her
David Lentz
Jun 20, 2011 David Lentz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am re-reading this timeless masterpiece simply because of the joy and wonder and sense of the miraculous in Whitman's glorious, poetic anthem to America.
May 29, 2015 Dalia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ذكره محمد عفيفي مطر في ديوانه الأعمال الكاملة : الجزء الرابع
في قصيدة "معلقة دخان القصيدة" قائلًا:
كان وجه الشاعر الموشوم بالعشب
ينادي صحبه في مزغل الدبابة الأولى
وفي البارجة الأولى وفي أول برق
يتمشى في السماوات.
(وكانت تتعرى الأرض من غزنة في درب الحرير
من بخارى وسمرقند إلى البصرة والقدس،
إلى الأحراش والأنهار.
(ما أوسع ما امتد سماط الدم واللحم
أمام الآكلين)
هل ترى يا أيها الشاعر ما ينبت من
عشب على الأشلاء،
يحمر ويسود بجلد الميتين
فافتتح أعشاب أشعارك واقرأ في الوليمة:
"أغني لامرئ واحد، بسيط ومتوحد
بكلمة وإن ت
Apr 14, 2016 Ingrid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Foglie d'erba è il titolo della più conosciuta raccolta di poesie del poeta e scrittore statunitense Walt Whitman.
Fu pubblicata nel 1855, in occasione del giorno dell'Indipendenza: quasi un segno propiziatorio per un'opera destinata ad essere considerata come la Bibbia democratica americana.
Non ho molto apprezzato la forma, cioè l’assenza di spaziatura tra i versi, l’assenza completa o quasi dei titoli, rendono la lettura più confusionaria. Un poema che oltre a parlare del mondo, parla soprattut
Aug 05, 2013 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013, poetry
Todo empezó con Whitman. Yo empecé con Whitman. Él es el culpable de que hoy sea como soy, de que esté aquí y de que vaya por el camino que voy. Una vez me dijeron que si existía un verso escrito para mí, ese era: "No dejes de creer que las palabras y las poesías sí pueden cambiar el mundo". Me dijeron que no lo olvidara nunca. Que no perdiera esa esencia que me hacía creer en la literatura. Me djeron que si lo hacía, dejaría de ser yo. Quizá es muy "El club de los poetas muertos" pero desde ent ...more
D.R. Haney
Nov 02, 2012 D.R. Haney is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm determined to read Leaves of Grass in its formidable entirety, including the annexes of the so-called death-bed edition, convinced, without a shadow of a doubt, that my time is far better invested in Leaves of Grass than it would be in reading, for instance, Infinite Jest, which inspires support groups offering spiritual bread and water to those willing to accompany DWF on his Pynchonesque pilgrimage through a grad-school amusement park. What I've read already of Whitman, including "I Sing t ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Yes, I did read this because John Green told me to in Paper Towns. If I didn't have cooler people advising me what to read/watch/listen to, I'd never do anything at all.

In any case, I was pleasantly surprised at how I wanted to continue reading once I finished Song of Myself, considering that it's the only Whitman poem I was familiar with (since it's the one that's quoted in both Paper Towns and The Dead Poets Society. I liked most of the poems, although Whitman is a fan of listing things. Over
Po Po
Apr 02, 2015 Po Po rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has instantly earned a spot in my top five favorite books. [It seems that most read this in high school; I did not. But I'm glad I didn't-- I'm unsure whether I would've fully appreciated it.]

This is the celebration of humanity, the world and everything in it, and immortality. It's inspirational like no other book I've ever read. This book *spoke* to me. It whispered, it cajoled, it caressed, it embraced me wholly and completely and unreservedly. If a book can be music, this is it. It sang
Hasan Makhzoum
Oct 28, 2016 Hasan Makhzoum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first time I've heard a poem by Walt Whitman was when the amazing movie (even though Roger Ebert didn't like it) "Dead Poet Society" was released, I was 12 years old.
There is a scene where Mr John Keating (RIP Robbin Williams) quotes WW to inspire his students. Of course, back than I didn't know the author of these verses.

Much later I wanted to read Whitman's poetry after watching the talented Paul Dano reciting verses from "Out of the Cradle Endlessly
Oct 09, 2016 Marquise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitman doesn't care for rhyme and some of his verses don't "sound" quite aesthetically pleasing in my mind, but oh, does he know how to use language! Really beautiful word constructions, figures of speech and metaphors, all of which are definitely his strength and, I suspect, one of the chiefest reasons why he's as popular as he is.

I had about four favourite poems from this collection, two of which are very famous. One is the poem O Captain! My Captain!, which I've read in full for the first t
Lindsay Russo
Jun 23, 2008 Lindsay Russo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always thought it was too spacey for me... His language is so wide open and goes everywhere. But to sit and read it from cover to cover in one sitting was enlightening. Not that I didn't see Whitman in other authors before, but I see so many layers of him now. So well worth the time. I almost wish I had read it aloud.
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Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.

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