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"Grand but intimate, earthy but also dreamy" (Observer)

"Whitman had a fluid personality that made him able to ''merge'' invisibly, and with great empathy, with the images of other people and events that lodged in his mind...unprecedented assembling of rhythm, sound, language and images" (New York Times)

"The great unrhymed, long-lined, self-celebratory sensation of the 1850s" (Lost Angeles Times) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .


'I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.'

To mark 160 years since its first publication, a new edition of the great American poet's most famous work

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It's Whitman . . . wait, it's Mitchell . . . no, it's both 9. Januar 2002
Von John S. Ryan - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
As with so much of Stephen Mitchell's work, the most important thing is to know what it is before you buy it. It may be exactly what you want, or it may be just the opposite; there's usually not much room in between.
In the present case, Mitchell has done something that some readers might consider pretty hubristic and perhaps even sacrilegious: he has produced an edited version of Walt Whitman's great "Song of Myself" that corresponds to no published version whatsoever.
How? Well, he started with the original (1855) edition of the poem, and then considered _every single change_ Whitman ever made in the poem clear up to his death in 1892. If Mitchell thought the change improved the poem, he left it in; if not, not. The result, for obvious reasons, is a "Song of Myself" that Whitman himself never actually wrote.
That's _not_ necessarily a bad thing. I respect Mitchell's taste and judgment, and I happen to agree with him that some of Whitman's later alterations made the poem worse. In fact I think Mitchell's edition is extremely fine.
But some readers may be looking for a version of "Song of Myself" that reflects Whitman's taste and judgment rather than Mitchell's. So let the buyer be aware.
At any rate I share Mitchell's high estimation of this poem and I'm happy that he's published his edition of it. Whitman belongs with Emerson and Thoreau on a shortlist of great American sages; this single poem is a large part of the reason why.
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What gall Stephen Mitchell has to edit Walt Whitman... 25. Mai 2005
Von Kirk McElhearn - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
How can Stephen Mitchell even think of such an abberation - editing Walt Whitman's greatest poem? Sure, there are several versions of the Song of Myself, but if you want to read Whitman, read the original. The first version is the most powerful, and Whitman toned it down over the years, turning it into "poetry" rather than his initial burst of enthusiasm. There are several editions of the poem that will let you get the true texts: for example, the Library of America's complete Whitman has both the first version of Leaves of Grass and the "deathbed" version, which Whitman revised shortly before his death. There are other versions throughout Whitman's career, as he added poems to the Leaves, and tinkered with existing poems. But this book is a sham. Avoid it.
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Possibly the greatest American poem 5. April 2007
Von D. Erwin - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
I always have this book in my travel bag. Hiking the John Muir trail - perfect. A cafe in Budapest - perfect. The Shinkansen train in Japan - perfect. A hammock in Costa Rica - perfect. It's tiny, beautiful, and invigorating - it reminds me of why I/we live. It's learned and raw and revealing and divine; it articulates the sorrow and glory of being human.

In my opinion, like the Bible, it is a book everyone should read once.

Mitchell did take some liberties by collating different versions of Whitman's work, but keep in mind that Walt re-wrote this poem time and time again. I have read probably a dozen versions of this peom and this is no less valuable than any of the others. Mitchell has fine taste and all the words are Walt's, and Mitchell adequately explains his reasoning in the preface. So, in contrast to what some of the other reviewers have written: If you're going to read this poem only once, Mitchell has presented a great version here.
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Self-Published and with typos? 24. April 2014
Von L. Pedersen - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I like the cover of this book, and the idea of this poem published by itself, but a huge red flag went up for me when I saw a typo on the back cover. "Song of Myself by Walt Whitman is one the must read Walt Whitman poems." There is no copyright info or publisher info within the book. I'm now wondering if there will be other mistakes within the text. If I'd known this, I would have chosen to buy another version. The book would be better with some editing and publishing information.
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... something to say to those you read poetry for fun or to learn more about poetry 8. Oktober 2014
Von Kay F. Klinkenborg - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
It is not news that Walt Whitman has something to say to those you read poetry for fun or to learn more about poetry. This book is being used by a class on-line that is free from Univ of Pennsylvania It is a study of Modern and Contemporary American Poetry from 1850's to 1950's. Whitman was one of the primary poets used to introduce us to Modern Poetry starting to unfold in the USA.
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