Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

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Whitman is today regarded as America's Homer or Dante, and his work the touchstone for literary originality in the New World. In Leaves of Grass, he abandoned the rules of traditional poetry - breaking the standard metred line, discarding the obligatory rhyming scheme, and using the vernacular. Emily Dickinson condemned his sexual and physiological allusions as 'disgraceful', but Emerson saw the book as the 'most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed'. A century later it is his judgement of this autobiographical vision of the vigour of the American nation that has proved the more enduring. This is the most up-to-date edition for student use, with full critical apparatus.show more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 121.9 x 193 x 30.5mm | 408.24g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192834096
  • 9780192834096
  • 2,018,731

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"Its convenience is outstanding and can easily fit into a coat pocket. Yet the print is civilized and the accompanying editorial and biographical material, first-rate. I plan to use it and to recommentd it."--David Baldwin, Hartwick College"Introduction in a valuable critical contribution."--Cameron Nickels, James Madison University"I have used several of the Oxford World's Classics in my courses, and I like them very much. They are well edited, but equally important, they are pleasant books to hold and read, more so than Penguin and Signet. When I have a choice, I go for the Oxford World's Classics."--Kelley Griffith, University of North Carolina"Very nice reprint. The introduction is well written and informative."--Jeff Cupp, Troy State Universityshow more

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