Leaves of Grass (version 2)


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In honour of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday (31 May 2019) we bring you a solo recording of his seminal work Leaves of Grass. Originally published in 1855, the work started as a collection of 12 unnamed poems. However, Whitman spent most of his life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, resulting in many different editions published throughout his life. The final collection, which is recorded here, is a compilation of about 400 poems separated into 35 books.

This book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures, and exalting the body and the material world. At the time, such candid displays were considered highly immoral, which led to reviews considering it "offensive", "obscene", "a mass of stupid filth", or suggesting it should have been burned after writing. Leaves of Grass even became banned in various locations, which only led to increased sales, with some printings even selling out on the first day. To this day, the work's legacy remains strong, and is one of the most important collections of American poetry.

Among some of the best known poems contained in this work are "O captain! My captain!", "I sing the body electric", and "Song of Myself".

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(18 hr 43 min)

Chapters

Book 1: Inscriptions 24:14 Read by Foon
Book 2: Starting from Paumanok 28:01 Read by Foon
Book 3: Song of Myself, part 1 55:00 Read by Foon
Book 3: Song of Myself, part 2 44:36 Read by Foon
Book 3: Song of Myself, part 3 32:46 Read by Foon
Book 4: Children of Adam 46:30 Read by Foon
Book 5: Calamus 45:59 Read by Foon
Book 6: Salut au Monde! 24:18 Read by Foon
Book 7: Song of the Open Road 24:04 Read by Foon
Book 8: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry 14:32 Read by Foon
Book 9: Song of the Answerer 9:53 Read by Foon
Book 10: Our Old Feuillage 13:29 Read by Foon
Book 11: A Song of Joys 16:16 Read by Foon
Book 12: Song of the Broad-Axe 25:22 Read by Foon
Book 13: Song of the Exposition 23:25 Read by Foon
Book 14: Song of the Redwood-Tree 10:12 Read by Foon
Book 15: A Song for Occupations 17:36 Read by Foon
Book 16 13:40 Read by Foon
Book 17: Birds of Passage 33:12 Read by Foon
Book 18 8:29 Read by Foon
Book 19: Sea-Drift 36:04 Read by Foon
Book 20: By the Roadside 23:37 Read by Foon
Book 21: Drum-taps, part 1 45:49 Read by Foon
Book 21: Drum-taps, part 2 56:17 Read by Foon
Book 22: Memories of President Lincoln 22:33 Read by Foon
Book 23 37:52 Read by Foon
Book 24: Autumn Rivulets, part 1 58:38 Read by Foon
Book 24: Autumn Rivulets, part 2 33:04 Read by Foon
Book 25: Proud Music of the Storm 14:41 Read by Foon
Book 26: Passage to India 22:37 Read by Foon
Book 27: Prayer of Columbus 5:37 Read by Foon
Book 28 19:58 Read by Foon
Book 29: To Think of Time 13:53 Read by Foon
Book 30: Whispers of Heavenly Death 24:55 Read by Foon
Book 31 14:38 Read by Foon
Book 32: From Noon to Starry Night 51:14 Read by Foon
Book 33: Songs of Parting 36:15 Read by Foon
Book 34: Sands at Seventy 58:13 Read by Foon
Book 35: Good-Bye my Fancy 36:14 Read by Foon