"Song of Myself," the premier poem in Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," is widely believed to be one of the most important poems in American literature. A large part of the brilliance of "Song of Myself" is the raffish playfulness of its diction--the poem belongs to the mid-nineteenth century's love of wordplay that also characterizes Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Walt Whitman was deeply interested in the American language as it was emerging in his time. Robert Hass and Paul Ebenkamp's lexicon walks us through his ...

Song of Myself: And Other Poems 2011, Counterpoint LLC, Berkeley

ISBN-13: 9781582437118

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