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Walt Whitman Yesterday and Today
written by "Legler, Henry Eduard"
...s that he made to each succeeding issue of his Leaves, the clues of chapter headings: Children of Adam; Calamus; Birds of Passage; Sea-Drift; By the Roadside; Drum-Taps; Autumn Rivulets; Whispers of Heavenly Death; Songs of Parting. A check list of his principal editions of Leaves of Grass, with characteristics noted, would serve almost as a chronology of Whitman’s life story.[21] 1855—First Edition. Twelve poems were included in this edition. They are without distinctive titles, though in later issues they appeared with varying titles, those given in the definitive edition being the following: Song of myself. Song for occupations. To think of time. The sleepers. I sing the body electric. Faces. Song of the answerer. Europe. A Boston ballad. There was a child went forth. My lesson complete. Great are the myths. 1856—Second Edition. In this edition, the second, there are thirty-two poems. The poems are given titles, but not the same ones that were finally included. 1860—Third Edition. The number of poems is one hundred and fifty-seven. 1867—Fourth Edition. The poems have grown in number to two hundred and thirty-six. The inclusion here of the war cluster Drum-Taps, and a rearrangement of other clusters, marks this edition as a notable one. Drum-Taps had appeared as a separate volume two years earlier.[22] 1871—Fifth Edition. A total of two hundred and seventy-three poems are here classified under general titles, including for the first time, Passage to India, and After All Not to Create Only, groups which prior to this date were issued separately. 1876—Sixth Edition. This issue was intended as a Centennial edition, and it includes Two Rivulets; there are two hundred and ninety-eight poems. 1881—Seventh Edition. Intended as the completion of a design extending over a period of twenty-six years, Whitman had undertaken an extensive revision of what he termed...

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