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Publication Order of Walt Whitman Works Books

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Pictures: An Unpublished Poem Of Walt Whitman (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle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

Publication Order of Collections

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

Publication Order of Anthologies

Prose and Poetry of the American West(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

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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