Walt Whitman is hailed as one of the greatest American poets. I’ve wanted to read Leaves of Grass for many years, and finally got around to it, only to be disappointed. I don’t know what to say other than this isn’t my style of poetry. It feels like one long stream-of-conscious thought without any kind of cohesion.
I’ve read some reviews that said this version had horrible formatting. And some said that the presentation was misleading, and it isn’t the original edition, but an edition that Whitman edited and added to over the years, causing it to lose its power.
Whatever the case may be, I made no connection to it at all. Not even enough for me to try another edition.
Since poetry can’t really be judged in the same way as other fiction or non-fiction work, I won’t use my standard rating scale. I’ll just have to wing this one. Unfortunately, the score will be low.
Average score of 2 out of 5