Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thoughts on Walt Whitman, Pt. I

Walt Whitman Sold Out

The first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855) is also the sexiest, the boldest, the weirdest. Most people didn't like it. It did not bring WW the fame and popularity he longed for. Through successive editions and decades he tempered his barbaric yawp and his image and his "deviant" sexuality so that by the final version (1891-2) his status as the "Good Grey Poet" was secure and they put his face on cigar boxes.

No comments: