草葉集-leaves Of Grass是作者創作的第一部詩集，第一次出版是一八五五年，在美國的紐約。當時這部詩集只有十二首詩，但是到一八八二年再出版時，就已經 有三百七十二首詩了。在作者八十一年的人生旅途中，作所創作的詩歌對于世人的影響之深已經不能用言語來簡單的形容了。而他在美國南北戰爭時候，為被刺的總統寫的沉痛悼念詩篇也被收錄在了這本詩集里。特別是他對于民主以及人民自由的渴望，都通過他的詩歌，淋漓盡致的展現了出來。在他的詩作里，你可以看到他對勞動人民的創造性的勞動進行謳歌，也能看到他對于積極向上的精神的贊揚。無論詩人過往的生活如何的艱苦，都不能磨滅他那種民主的追求，積極樂觀的心。
American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, is a collection of poems notable for its frank delight in and praise of the senses, during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Where much previous poetry, especially English, relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on the religious and spiritual, Leaves of Grass exalted the body and the material world.
Whitman was inspired to begin Leaves of Grass after reading an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson which expressed a need for a uniquely American poet. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose praiseful letter of response helped launch the book to success. Whitman’s hero, Abraham Lincoln, read and enjoyed an early version of Leaves of Grass. Despite such high recommendations, Whitman faced charges of obscenity and immorality for his work, but this only led to increased popularity of the book.
Whitman continually revised and republished Leaves of Grass throughout his lifetime, notably adding the “Drum-Taps” section after Lincoln’s assassination. The book grew from 12 poems in its first publication, which Whitman paid for and typeset himself, to nearly 400 poems in its final, “Death Bed Edition.” This recording is of the final edition.
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