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Book SynopsisOne of the best-known and most stirring American poems, brilliantly edited by Stephen Mitchell, now available in the Shambhala Pocket Library series. An undeniable and beloved classic of American poetry, "Song of Myself" was originally published as part of Leaves of Grass, with Whitman expanding, revising, and editing it in subsequent editions for much of his life. Here, Stephen Mitchell has gone back to the first edition, only substituting revisions from later editions that express the original vision and clarity of the piece. Tangling with themes of the self, nature, and one's place in the universe, Whitman's labor of language comes again and again to a simple yet astonishing conclusion--"I contain multitudes"--that everything, even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant blade of grass and tiny ant have inside them the infinite universe. This is Whitman at his most wild and raw, as large and lusty as life, fulfilling his promise to all future generations:
About the AuthorWALT WHITMAN (1819-1892) is considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets. His collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, in which Song of Myself appears, is probably the most influential volume of American literature. Whitman's work was radically unconventional in both content and technique, with a poetic style that was free and organic in structure.