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Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
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Dec 20, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, poetry

I'm only technically finished this. But then, I don't think it's really possible to finish a book of poetry like you would a novel. I've finished it in the sense that I've read every poem in here at least once. But Whitman spent his whole life writing these poems, so I don't think that quite cuts it. Whatever.

This being such a huge collection, the quality of these poems is understandably mixed. And Whitman seems like the kind of insufferable narcissist who would probably be awful to be around in real life. But that's O.K.. Because the aesthetic highs this book reaches are higher than any poetry I've read before. And it's one of the first collections that's really justified poetry as an art form for me.

So it's pretty good, in case you couldn't guess.

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