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'I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, / I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.' To mark 160 years since its first publication, a new edition of the great American poet's most famous work

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself.
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)

Abundant, ecstatic, generous, courageous - this is the first American epic poem, a celebration of selfhood and a catalogue of nineteenth-century American life of all ages and races. Revolutionary in style and controversial in content when it was first published in 1855, Whitman's masterwork has since inspired generations with its intoxicating rhythms and images, and its inclusive, praiseful joy.

THE ORIGINAL 1855 TEXT

Reviews

Grand but intimate, earthy but also dreamy

Observer

Whitman had a fluid personality that made him able to ''merge'' invisibly, and with great empathy, with the images of other people and events that lodged in his mind...unprecedented assembling of rhythm, sound, language and images

New York Times

The great unrhymed, long-lined, self-celebratory sensation of the 1850s

Lost Angeles Times

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099595540

    October 1, 2015

    Vintage Classics

    96 pages

    RRP $14.99

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  • EBook

    9781473511569

    August 6, 2015

    Vintage Digital

    96 pages

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