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Whitman: Poems

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The Everyman's Library Pocket Poets hardcover series is popular for its compact size and reasonable price which does not compromise content. Poems: Whitman contains forty-two of the American master's poems, including "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry," "Song of Myself," "I Hear America Singing," "Halcyon Days," and an index of first lines. ...more
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CarolynMarieReads
This book doesn't even need a review!!!
Walt Whitman is my favorite poet on the face of the earth...that's it! That's my review! 📖🌿
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Charles  van Buren
This edition did not make a good impression

Whitman is one of those authors more heard of and talked about than read. I learned quite a lot about him in both high school and college, but before reading these selections, could not recall a single line of his work. For good reason it seems. Whitman's words which were chosen to be placed at the beginning of this little volume frightened me. Both because they are almost incomprehensible and because there are people of presumed sound mind who profess
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Andreea
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not certain whether what I read was "Poems" by Walt Whitman or "A conversation through centuries: How to communicate with a deceased poet"
This is the one book that I would describe as a journey. As I opened it, I was no longer in my room or in the car. I was in an old house, sitting by the fireplace and listening to the ramblings of someone who could have just as well been my grandfather. He was that kind of person who could talk forever. And I wanted him to. But nothing lasts forever and a
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Sara Jesus
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia
A primeira vez que ouvi falar sobre Walt Whitman foi numa aula de português do secundário. Estava mos a estudar a poesia de Álvaro de Campos, o poema "Ode marítima" que foi fortemente influenciado pela poesia deste poeta americano. Conheci depois a sua poesia através do filme "O clube dos poetas mortos", Robin Williams declamou os seu poemas de forma majestosa. Adorei principalmente "o capitan! my Capitan"

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the pr
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BAM Endlessly Booked
Catching up with the classics #7

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Amy Shannon
Powerful

Whitman is completely powerful in his words. His words flow like songs and give the soul a lift. Whitman writes "I am a man who, sauntering along, without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you, and then averts his face, Leaving it to you to prove and define it, Expecting the main things from you." He gives advice to future poets and writers. His words never tire. His words are Always there, precious and lively.
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ZaRi
Out of the rolling ocean the crowd came a drop gently to me,
Whispering, I love you, before long I die,
I have travell’d a long way merely to look on you to touch you,
For I could not die till I once look’d on you,
For I fear’d I might afterward lose you.

Now we have met, we have look’d, we are safe,
Return in peace to the ocean my love,
I too am part of that ocean, my love, we are not so much separated,
Behold the great rondure, the cohesion of all, how perfect!
But as for me, for you, the irresistible
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Neha
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You have not known what you are—you have slumbered upon yourself all your / life;”

Whitman has a way of just wrapping you up in this beautiful, elegant prose that sounds so nice and feels so good you don’t even think about depth and meaning. But man oh man, diving into the words is so so rewarding. I got a renewed sense of optimism and hope and pride for not only myself and my life but also for this Earth and all people. It’s such an amazing experience - I really felt awakened from from sort of
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Sydne
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly annoying 2 stars I had to give this book. In most parts, this collection of poems reads like the incoherent rambles of an old senile man, with the rarest glimpse of sanity and real feeling (eg "Envy" or "Oh Captain, my Captain"). Most poems are just collections of different items on Whitman's mind. Rather than take a select few things to represent a feeling or notion and, through the beauty of poetry, describe the innermost soul of whatever is to be described, he just rattles down ...more
G. Lawrence
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and weird and wonderful.
John Yelverton
When you read poems that do not have a cadence, you quickly discover that there is a fine line between poetry and rambling. Sadly, you have a 50/50 shot with this collection of Whitman's "poems". ...more
Troy Farlow
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Song of Myself. One of the best things I've ever read. EVER. E>V>E>R. E.V.E.R.

Everrrrrrrrrr.
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ZaRi
Sep 10, 2015 added it
Shelves: classic, poem
Are you the new person drawn toward me?
To begin with, take warning, I am surely far different from what you suppose;
Do you suppose you will find in me your ideal?
Do you think it so easy to have me become your lover?
Do you think the friendship of me would be unalloy’d satisfaction?
Do you think I am trusty and faithful?
Do you see no further than this façade, this smooth and tolerant manner of me?
Do you suppose yourself advancing on real ground toward a real heroic man?
Have you no thought, O dreame
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Danielle
Dec 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Whitman isn't my favorite of poets. But if you enjoy Whitman then you will love this collection. I have one of the matching books for Frost (my absolute favorite) and I am in love with it. I keep it on my desk at work and love flipping through in my free time. But I don't feel this book should be judged on my opinion of Whitman alone. Love or not, if you want a quick study/reference of Whitman then this is the best option. ...more
Danielle
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first experience with Whitman. I really enjoyed it. This particular volume included some of Whitman's more famous works, but not others, so I will likely come back to read Leaves of Grass at some point. Some of my favorites included in this volume were: Starting from Paumanok, Vigil on the Field, The Wounded, Dirge for Two Veterans, Survivors, Centuries Hence, and So Long!. ...more
Kathleen
Beautiful book, exquisite prose, just not for me. I leafed through it, and really didn't read it. Maybe another time for it :) ...more
Mike
Jun 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Whitman's not my bag... too much unending stream of consciousness for me. But, it's cool that he was a gay Civil War nurse. I didn't know that. ...more
Cora
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I guess it's too much for me but I gave it a shot! ...more
Michelle
There is some truly excellent poetry contained in this collection, as well as some that I could happily do without. Overall, a worthy sampling of Whitman.
Annie Neugebauer
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I have a strange love/hate with Whitman.
Madhan (மதன்)
Not the best set of Walt Whitman! Some of the poems are very regional it’s a kind of boring for a foreigner.
Jo
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whitman's words have a way of perfectly encapsulating ones feelings and thoughts. He truly is a master of the written word. ...more
Chloe Renee Saldana
Whitman, my lover of countless generations ago.

Currently reading poetry to educate myself on other genres in literature and I suggest anyone who is interested in spiritual poetic themes should start with Walt Whitman. I read this after Leaves of Grass (although there is a condensed version of that in this selection) and I'm still reeling from his words.
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Udit Nair
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Classic.
Joan
Aug 21, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m sorry, but I thought that Whitman’s poetry was supposed to be really good and I’ve discovered that it is rubbish.
Layna
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
4.5 stars
Jennifer
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, it's Walt Whitman, it's unlikely to get less than five stars. Reading this collection of works, though, I was surprised at how little Whitman I had actually read. Most of my knowledge of his work is from "Leaves of Grass"--I was unaware that he wrote so much poetry about serving as a nurse in the Civil War, or how clear-eyed and unsentimental (not unromantic, as he does idealize soldiers, if not war, but there's little sense of glorious sacrifice) most of it would be.

This Gutenberg free ed
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Kathy
2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge: A book of poetry.

Aside from the famous scene in 'Dead Poets Society' where Professor John Keating (the inimitable Robin Williams) points out Whitman's portrait on the English classroom's wall, stands his student Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke) on a chair and covers Todd's eyes all in an effort to have Todd dig deeper into his creative psyche by describing Whitman, I hadn't explored Whitman beyond the famous 'O Captain! My Captain!' line used throughout the movie.

I
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lerie
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
“Only themselves understand themselves and the like of themselves, as souls only understand souls.”
1860.
Madam J
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
I recognize this is a public domain book digitized by volunteers, and I am grateful for their work. Unfortunately, on my kindle app, the poems didn't render quite right, and it made reading quite a chore.

Placing that aside, I would much rather listen to Whitman's pieces than read them. Additionally, this particular volume is a blend of pieces that pretty much splits what I enjoy vs. what I could live without into a 50/50 mix.

There is some powerful, moving work in here. There is also some ramblin
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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.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during
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