By Walt Whitman
This version provides the original twelve poems from Whitman's most suitable 1855 book of Leaves of Grass. incorporated are many of the maximum poems of contemporary instances: "Song of Myself," "I Sing the physique Electric," and "There was once a toddler Went Forth," works that proceed to upset traditional notions of attractiveness and originality even today.
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