|View Poll Results: The MR Literary Club January 2012 Vote|
|The poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins||3||27.27%|
|Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman||4||36.36%|
|The poems of John Keats||0||0%|
|The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge||2||18.18%|
|Beowulf: A New Verse Translation, translated by Seamus Heaney||2||18.18%|
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|01-17-2012, 08:45 AM||#31|
Team of Rivals
Join Date: Mar 2009
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Thank you Sun Surfer for your post about the various editions. You are correct that my 150th anniversary is the first edition. I have also obtained the "death bed" edition as an ebook. So I am good with whatever people decide regarding the issue in my first paragraph, though I will probably limit myself for the most part to the 1st edition.
|01-19-2012, 01:13 AM||#32|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwest, USA
Device: Kindle Voyage; iPad Mini Retina; Sonys; Nooks
Hamlet53, I too am planning a similar approach. I bought a version that includes both the original and death-bed versions. I plan to read the original version, Inscriptions and select other poems as time permits. I too am interested in the Lincoln related poems.
The Walt Whitman Archive website looks quite comprehensive. Here's a link.
|01-19-2012, 03:17 PM||#33|
Join Date: Jan 2011
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|01-19-2012, 11:13 PM||#34|
the secret garden
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: somewhere beyond the sea
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Well, the nomination was made and voted in on the work in general, so I'd say read as one pleases, and when it comes time for discussion anyone can discuss any poems one wants!
I have (quickly) tried to find a list of his "most famous" or "best" poems without much success except for a very few that have mostly already been noted above.
As for me, after reading the latest posts, I have updated my plan a bit. I am buying the first edition (150th anniversary one for the notes) in addition to the deathbed edition I already have. Though I've already read a bit of the deathbed edition, I plan now to switch and read the first edition first, then *try* to read the deathbed edition, skimming over the poems that are repeats only watching for any changes.
I figure (and hope!) that with this plan, it should be around the same amount of reading anyway since I'll just skim what I've already read the second go-round, and this way I'll get the feeling for the first edition as well.
From what I've read so far, some poems are challenging (Eidolons!) but I'm enjoying it.
|01-31-2012, 02:13 PM||#35|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite, iPad Air, iPod Nano, & a PC running Windows 9½.
As I mentioned, I've already finished the Librivox recording of Leave of Grass, and now I'm reading the Deathbed Edition. You know what? I've discovered that I absolutely love Walt Whitman! Unlike so many more modern poets, who seem to view all of life with jaded eyes, Whitman is a realist. He paints wonderful verbal pictures of the good and the bad, all the while keeping alive a child's wonder at just being alive.
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