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Walt Whitman was the most innovative and influential poet of the nineteenth century. His examination of the world around him -- from the intimate to the cosmic -- transcends time and place. His verse, though seemingly personal, lends a voice to the entire human race that speaks for universal harmony, universal love. This beautiful sampling of Whitman's work offers a glimps ...more
Hardcover, 186 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by SkyLight Paths Publishing
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Jonathan Bracker
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As far as I know, this is the only selection of Whitman's poems that does what I have always thought should be done: it gives sections of "Song of Myself" as separate poems, giving each a simple title taken from Whitman's words in the poem itself. I only wish the editor, Gary David Comstock, had done the same with each of the 52 sections of Whitman's long poem -- making it reader-friendly for the first time.

(Whitman himself said he welcomed, in years to come after his death, editors who would "t
Grady Ormsby
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whitman: The Mystic Poets with preface by Gary David Comstock is part of The Mystic Poets Series from Skylight Path Publishing. To say that Walt Whitman was ahead of his time is not sufficient. Walt Whitman was, and still is, out of time. His work ranges from the vastness of the cosmos to the infinitesimal tininess of the atomic. He touches on almost every conceivable theme: humanity, nature, creativity and beauty. He examines all of our emotions and passions: hope, fear, pain, suffering, joy, l ...more
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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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