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Publication Order of Walt Whitman Works Books

Franklin Evans, or The Inebriate: A Tale of the Times (1842)Description / Buy at Amazon
Life and Adventures of Jack Engle (1852)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaves of Grass (1855)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of Myself (1856)Description / Buy at Amazon
Manly Health and Training with Off-Hand Hints Towards Their Conditions (1858)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh Captain! My Captain! (1865)Description / Buy at Amazon
Drum Taps (1865)Description / Buy at Amazon
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer (1865)Description / Buy at Amazon
Democratic Vistas: The Original Edition in Facsimile (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon
Democratic Vistas and Other Papers (1871)Description / Buy at Amazon
Civil War Poetry and Prose (1872)Description / Buy at Amazon
Specimen Days (1882)Description / Buy at Amazon
November Boughs (1888)Description / Buy at Amazon
An American Primer: With Facsimiles of the Original Manuscript (1904)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gathering of the Forces (1920)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rivulets of Prose (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Hear America Singing (1966)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lafayette in Brooklyn (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sleepers; A Poem (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pictures: An Unpublished Poem Of Walt Whitman (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
The half-breed, and other stories (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memoranda during the War (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Sing The Body Electric (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Collect (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystic Poets (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shooting Niagara: And After? (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beat! Beat! Drums! (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Song of the Broad-Axe (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chants Democratic (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
To a Pupil (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boston Town (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poetry of the Future (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somewhere Waiting: Song of Myself (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
President Lincoln's Funeral Hymn (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Live Oak, with Moss (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brooklyn (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World Below the Brine (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Selected Letters of Walt Whitman (1855)Description / Buy at Amazon
Leaves of Grass and Other Writings (1855)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guide to Manly Health and Training (1858)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wound Dresser: A Series of Letters Written from the Hospitals in Washington during the War of the Rebellion (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
New York dissected: A sheaf of recently discovered newspaper articles by the author of Leaves of grass (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Walt Whitman's Diary in Canada - With Extracts from Other of His Diaries and Literary Note-Books (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Orgies and Other Poems (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Poems 1855-1892 (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poetry and Prose (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notebooks and Unpublished Prose Manuscripts: Volume I: Family Notes and Autobiography, Brooklyn and New York (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voyages: Poems by Walt Whitman (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrenching Times: Poems from Drum-Taps (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whitman: Poems (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memories of President Lincoln (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Walt Whitman Reader (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth, My Likeness: Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masculine Beauty of Walt Whitman's Poetry Of Same-Sex Affection (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Whitman's Dogs: Leaves of Grass and Other Poems (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Every Hour, Every Atom of Walt Whitman's Early Notebooks and Fragments (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
"The Million Dead, Too, Summ'd Up": Walt Whitman's Civil War Writings (With: Christopher Merrill,Ed Folsom) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of American Poets Project Books

with Various, Edith Wharton, John Updike, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Carlos Williams, Robert Polito, David Lehman, David Bromwich, John Hollander, John Greenleaf Whittier, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Louis Zukofsky, Kevin Young, Carl Sandburg, Richard Wilbur, Muriel Rukeyser, John Berryman, Kenneth Fearing, Honor Moore, James Agee, Andrew Hudgins, Thom Gunn, Robert Kimball, Ron Padgett, Kenneth Koch, Elizabeth Alexander, Major Jackson, A.R. Ammons, Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, Yvor Winters, Countee Cullen, Karl Shapiro, Emma Lazarus, Charles Bernstein, Harvey Shapiro, Stephen Collins Foster, Ken Emerson
Walt Whitman (1892)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edgar Allan Poe (By: Richard Wilbur) (1909)Description / Buy at Amazon
Theodore Roethke (By: ) (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon
A. R. Ammons (By: David Lehman,A.R. Ammons) (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon
William Carlos Williams (By: William Carlos Williams) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edna St. Vincent Millay (By: Edna St. Vincent Millay) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Selected Poems (By: Carl Sandburg) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yvor Winters (By: Thom Gunn,Yvor Winters) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karl Shapiro (By: John Updike,Karl Shapiro) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poets of World War II (By: Various,Harvey Shapiro) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Wits (By: John Hollander) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Greenleaf Whittier (By: John Greenleaf Whittier) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kenneth Fearing (By: Robert Polito,Kenneth Fearing) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Muriel Rukeyser (By: Muriel Rukeyser) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
John Berryman (By: Kevin Young,John Berryman) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poets of the Civil War (By: ) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Emma Lazarus (By: Emma Lazarus) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Edith Wharton (By: Edith Wharton) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks (By: Gwendolyn Brooks,Elizabeth Alexander) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cole Porter (By: Robert Kimball,Cole Porter) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Louis Zukofsky (By: Louis Zukofsky,Charles Bernstein) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kenneth Koch (By: Ron Padgett,Kenneth Koch) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
American Sonnets (By: David Bromwich) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
James Agee (By: James Agee,Andrew Hudgins) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poems from the Women's Movement (By: Honor Moore) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ira Gershwin (By: Robert Kimball,Ira Gershwin) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lyrics of the First Great Popular Songs (By: Stephen Collins Foster,Ken Emerson) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Countee Cullen (By: Major Jackson,Countee Cullen) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amy Lowell (By: Honor Moore) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Children's Hour: Leaders and Heroes(1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prose and Poetry of the American West(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Growing Up Gay/Growing Up Lesbian: A Literary Anthology(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Poetry Out Loud(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Earth-Shattering Poems(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writing New York(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Life in Medicine: A Literary Anthology(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Little Big Book of California(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman was a poet, journalist, and essaying author born in New York in 1819. Often referred to as the father of free verse, Whitman made quite an impact in the writing world and published hundreds of poems during his lifetime. His most celebrated free verse, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855, even though he kept on improving it until his death in 1892. Aside from publishing his poetry, Whitman worked as a volunteer nurse during the civil war. He became paralyzed after a stroke in 1873 and for the next two decades lived with his brother, mostly writing prose.

Leaves of Grass
Leaves of Grass is a free verse poem where the author sings about nature, America, and all its people. Throughout this book, the author celebrates humanity and often expresses his love for the people society looked down upon. To him, anyone from the slave to the prostitute is worthy of respect and justice despite the misfortunes that led to their conditions. The author also sings about himself, and while it is clear that self-love is one of the things he practiced throughout his life, it is outstanding that he loved his country and people from all walks of life just as much.

Even if you are not American, there are many parts of this book that will speak to you. There are times when the words will feel like music, and some parts will make you reflect and look in the mirror. There are also playful moments when the poems will make you laugh. While the poems were written in a bygone era, there is a lot on individuality and immortality that you can identify with. It is also refreshing that the author makes you look at things from a different light. This is one of those books you pick, and you are forced to re-examine what you learned in school and whatever has become acceptable in today’s society.
It is said that Whitman used to review this collection and send reviews to different publishers. While no evidence is available to support these claims, it is clear that the author loved everything about himself and other people. Even things that many regarded as ugly are celebrated in these pages. Considering the negativity all around us, it is refreshing to read content that encourages animals, earth, the sun, and humanity in general. Some of the things Whitman advocates for many not make much sense in today’s society. It is not easy to dedicate labor and income to others, considering the cost of living today. However, there is a lot we can do to help those in need and make the world better for them.

Leaves of Grass is a collection of quality words that speak for themselves. At the heart of the poem is a message of love. Whitman encourages his reader to love not only himself but also the planets and all living creatures. The poem also touches on the need to be open to change. What has been taught in church and school may seem like the truth, but it is good not to be so rigid and miss some of the lessons that life may have for you. Reading this novel, it is hard to believe that it was first published in 1855. Whitman was clearly ahead of his time, and his writing is simply spectacular.

Songs of Myself
Songs of Myself comes second in the Folhas de Relva series. This poem was part of Leaves of Grass before the author decided to publish it on its own. In over 80 pages, Whitman acts as a commentator on everything around him. He tackles the rich, poor, white, black, all races, religions, and other issues in society, good or bad. Through this poem, the author shows how every individual is part of the universe. The most amazing part of the poem is that the lines do not form a particular rhythm or structure. However, the poem remains outstanding all the way to the end.

One of the points that the author makes is that we all have the elements of nature in us. Once our bodies die, they go back to the earth and become a part of the universe again. Thanks to this cycle, we can see that we are all equal. Whatever our color, race, or religion, we are all one with the universe. If you understand this, you will never be unkind or treat someone differently. There is much more on these pages, and, amazingly, the author has broken down the commentary into sections. This makes every part easy to understand. Whitman goes to translate each section further and shed more light on it.

If you enjoy poetry, there is no doubt that you will love this book. Whitman is not only talented, but he also has a way of convincing you to look at things from his point of view. It is admirable that his celebration of self includes everyone irrespective of religion, social standing, or race. The author also depicts America as happiness, democracy, and freedom. Given that this poem was written after the civil war, it is understandable that these are the virtues that the author wanted his readers to identify with. There is a lot of optimism on the page, making this a perfect choice if you are looking for an uplifting read.

Songs of Myself is a poetic masterpiece. Considering the time it was written, the writing is quite liberal. The author points out that both men and women are equal, and both genders should be treated with respect. In a world where women were looked down upon, and slavery was still a thing, this poem must have stirred a lot of emotions. While this poem is written for the American audience, its content will still be relevant even if you have never set foot in this country. You will notice that this book also feels good. Everything from the thickness of the pages to the illustrations is done just right.

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