POEMS OF WALT WHITMAN
Preface to the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass
From: The Walt Whitman Archive
The poetry of Walt Whitman, published as Leaves of Grass, has always mystified me. I have read the book several times over the course of my life. Parts of it fill me with wonder at what a poem can evoke in me as I read the words and suddenly feel the vivid mental image revealed (whether or not it was the emotion intended by the poet.) But then other parts leave me cold, compelling me to wrinkle my nose, crinkle my eyes, and shake my head in disinterest, derision, and more than mild distaste.
Is this much lauded parcel of Mr. Whitman's poetry, this Leaves of Grass, a genuine enigma?
Or is it perhaps I... that is the mystery?
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