Leaves of Grass (version 2)

Walt WHITMAN (1819 - 1892)

In honour of Walt Whitman's 200th birthday (31 May 2019) we bring you a solo recording of his seminal work Leaves of Grass. Originally published in 1855, the work started as a collection of 12 unnamed poems. However, Whitman spent most of his life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, resulting in many different editions published throughout his life. The final collection, which is recorded here, is a compilation of about 400 poems separated into 35 books.

This book is notable for its discussion of delight in sensual pleasures, and exalting the body and the material world. At the time, such candid displays were considered highly immoral, which led to reviews considering it "offensive", "obscene", "a mass of stupid filth", or suggesting it should have been burned after writing. Leaves of Grass even became banned in various locations, which only led to increased sales, with some printings even selling out on the first day. To this day, the work's legacy remains strong, and is one of the most important collections of American poetry.

Among some of the best known poems contained in this work are "O captain! My captain!", "I sing the body electric", and "Song of Myself".

(Summary by Foon)

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Book 1: Inscriptions Foon
00:24:14
Play 02 Book 2: Starting from Paumanok Foon
00:28:01
Play 03 Book 3: Song of Myself, part 1 Foon
00:55:00
Play 04 Book 3: Song of Myself, part 2 Foon
00:44:36
Play 05 Book 3: Song of Myself, part 3 Foon
00:32:46
Play 06 Book 4: Children of Adam Foon
00:46:30
Play 07 Book 5: Calamus Foon
00:45:59
Play 08 Book 6: Salut au Monde! Foon
00:24:18
Play 09 Book 7: Song of the Open Road Foon
00:24:04
Play 10 Book 8: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Foon
00:14:32
Play 11 Book 9: Song of the Answerer Foon
00:09:53
Play 12 Book 10: Our Old Feuillage Foon
00:13:29
Play 13 Book 11: A Song of Joys Foon
00:16:16
Play 14 Book 12: Song of the Broad-Axe Foon
00:25:22
Play 15 Book 13: Song of the Exposition Foon
00:23:25
Play 16 Book 14: Song of the Redwood-Tree Foon
00:10:12
Play 17 Book 15: A Song for Occupations Foon
00:17:36
Play 18 Book 16 Foon
00:13:40
Play 19 Book 17: Birds of Passage Foon
00:33:12
Play 20 Book 18 Foon
00:08:29
Play 21 Book 19: Sea-Drift Foon
00:36:04
Play 22 Book 20: By the Roadside Foon
00:23:37
Play 23 Book 21: Drum-taps, part 1 Foon
00:45:49
Play 24 Book 21: Drum-taps, part 2 Foon
00:56:17
Play 25 Book 22: Memories of President Lincoln Foon
00:22:33
Play 26 Book 23 Foon
00:37:52
Play 27 Book 24: Autumn Rivulets, part 1 Foon
00:58:38
Play 28 Book 24: Autumn Rivulets, part 2 Foon
00:33:04
Play 29 Book 25: Proud Music of the Storm Foon
00:14:41
Play 30 Book 26: Passage to India Foon
00:22:37
Play 31 Book 27: Prayer of Columbus Foon
00:05:37
Play 32 Book 28 Foon
00:19:58
Play 33 Book 29: To Think of Time Foon
00:13:53
Play 34 Book 30: Whispers of Heavenly Death Foon
00:24:55
Play 35 Book 31 Foon
00:14:38
Play 36 Book 32: From Noon to Starry Night Foon
00:51:14
Play 37 Book 33: Songs of Parting Foon
00:36:15
Play 38 Book 34: Sands at Seventy Foon
00:58:13
Play 39 Book 35: Good-Bye my Fancy Foon
00:36:14