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I attended one of the many presentations at the Book Fair in MDCC Wolfson Campus on Thursday 18 199 at 730pm This presentation was called Art and Literature in Argentina and it was the introduction of the new translation of Leaves of Grass Hojas de Hierva Leaves of Grass is a book full of inspiring poems Walt Whitman issued the first of many editions more than 100 years ago in 1895 Many writers translated this book into many languages especially into Spanish but its best translation was by the famous author and poet Jorge Luis BorgesLeaves of Grass is a volume of poetry in a new kind of versification because he praised the human body and glorified the senses Walt Whitman was forced to publish the book at his own expense and his name did not appear on the title page but he poses in the inside Whitman spent the rest of his life striving to become a great poet In 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass contained 12 untitled poems written in long cadenced lines that resemble the unrhymed verse of the king of James Version in the Bible No other poem in the first edition has the power of this poem although The Sleepers another visionary flight symbolizing life death and rebirth comes nearest In 1856 Walt Whitman put together another edition of Leaves of Grass with revisions and additions he would continue to revise the collection throughout his life The most significant 1856 poem is Crossing Brooklyn Ferry he was originally from New York In his third edition 1860 Whitman began to give his poetry a more allegorical structure He added musical poems and poems that dealed with sexual love and male friendshipIn 1865 there was a new edition of Leaves that reflected Whitmans deepening awareness of the significance of the American Civil War and the hope for reconciliation between North and South Finally in 1881 Whitman arranged his poems to his
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