This edition includes 10 illustrations. Perfecting this volume of poetry, first published in 1855, would be a lifelong endeavor for Walt Whitman. Declared by Whitman himself to be his “special and entirely self-chosen poetic utterance,” Leaves of Grass contains within its pages the very essence of this revolutionary American poet. The collection contains several of Whitman’s best known works, including the much-celebrated poem Song of Myself. Controversial in its own time for its sensual elements and Transcendentalist leanings, Leaves of Grass has become a beloved and permanent addition to the canon of classic American poetry.