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Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

Author: Walt Whitman

Year Published: 1855

Description: Considered innovative for its use of free verse and daring for its themes of sex and sexuality, Leaves of Grass painted a portrait of America and its people in the mid-1800s. Originally published as a collection of only 12 poems in 1855 at his own expense, Walt Whitman made Leaves of Grass a life-long endeavor, revising and expanding it until his death to reflect new experiences and societal shifts, including America's urbanization and ongoing quest for democracy based on individual equality. In so doing, he had a profound influence on the American literary landscape going forward.

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