Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
May 11, Michele Defilippo rated it did not like it. This book was a disappointment. Ironically, the annoying "business fable" format wastes the reader's time as it attempts to help us discern the difference between the "most valuable" and "least valuable" uses of our time. I say "attempts to help us" because more than once, as the characters chit-chat, the author sets the reader up to receive a precious nugget of wisdom, and then fails to deliver.
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Presumably to boost the retail price, the publisher artificially expanded this book to pages by This book was a disappointment. Presumably to boost the retail price, the publisher artificially expanded this book to pages by using a wide type font that fits about 10 words per line and choosing a very small page size that renders the worksheets inside illegible. There may be 5 pages of useful information in this book, and it's certainly not necessary to fill out multi-column worksheets to grasp the concept.
This book was the "least valuable" use of my time in recent memory.
This book offers not only great advice, but also lots of templates and worksheets for readers so they can analyze daily activities, attach values and start to reprioritize where their time goes. The author als A wonderful lesson told in the form of a story that started with Dave Crenshaw's first book, "The Myth of Multi-Tasking. The author also talks about personal processes and business processes and ways to get a handle on these as well. Great book and a quick read too!
Jun 12, Alwyn Velasquez rated it it was ok. I read this book but struggled with it. I somehow felt that the author was oversimplifying what could have been more direct and sensible advice and writing to fill a book length. The story methodology used to share sensible and common-sense tips and insights was not what I was looking for; it did not grip me and hold my attention.
Apr 12, Netbjorn rated it really liked it Shelves: Good book, very simple and extremely quick read, should take no more than 2 hours to study. Feels like a teaser for the other materials and training the author is selling but to me that was fine since the message is clear and presented in the easiest possible way. Useful information for anyone, not just career people. Feb 07, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: Easy read with good information. Focus your energy on what you are good at. Sounds simple, but worth a read anyways.
I am going to a full review of this book on my blog this week at http: Make sure you drop by and check it out. Dec 30, Edwin Zuniga rated it did not like it. Just tell me how to work better, don't mix in a plotline. Book file PDF easily for everyone and every device. This Book have some digital formats such us :paperbook, ebook, kindle, epub, fb2 and another formats.
There is nothing trendy in his poetry—he was a member of no movement. At his worst, Whitman is repetitive: But at his best, Whitman is revelatory. When the force of his original perspective is married to the force of his original style, the product is as extraordinary as it is inimitable. The words and ideas are woven around each other like a vine growing around a tree, producing a poem that lives and breathes—so freshly harvested from his mind, that even now it seems to still have dirt and roots clinging to it.
Leaves of Grass is like reading every single instant message that I and a friend of mine ever wrote to one another over the course of the last ten years. Likely way too long, too self-serving and would have shocked the general public if they cared to read it when it was written. But nestled in there are some real, true brilliant moments.
This is after all Whitman's life work, laid bare and un-edited for the most part. What else are we to expect? He is literally singing a song of himself, which he Leaves of Grass is like reading every single instant message that I and a friend of mine ever wrote to one another over the course of the last ten years. He is literally singing a song of himself, which he believes to be American - and is American by all accounts.
He shouts it loud and strong and keeps repeating it until the reader gets it. But in there in that persistance is a thing of real, American beauty - a self-made man in love with his country and the people in it. To understand this in all it's ragged glory is to understand Whitman and his America. View all 5 comments. I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul, The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me, The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate into new tongue.
This is the first edition of Leaves of Grass published in , which consists of 12 poems. In his poems Whitman exalts nature and h I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul, The pleasures of heaven are with me and the pains of hell are with me, The first I graft and increase upon myself, the latter I translate into new tongue.
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In his poems Whitman exalts nature and humans, regardless of sex, race, class and profession. For him a prostitute is worth as much as a nobleman. The body is as worthy as the soul. I do not ask any more delight, I swim in it as in a sea. Jaline I loved the excerpts you included, Helga!
There's only so much rhetoric on American imperialism I can ingest and assimilate at a stretch. Apr 12, Collin rated it did not like it Shelves: Holy shit this is self-important and tedious. This has sat untouched on my desk all year. I can think of a hundred books I'd rather start than finish this, so I doubt I'll pick it back up unless I run out of books to read, I'm too poor to buy any more books, all my friends turn on me and refuse to loan me anything else, and all the nearby libraries are set on fire simultaneously.
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Adeus, querida companheira, minha amada! View all 4 comments. Did you know that the letters in "Leaves of Grass" can be rearranged to spell "Asses of Gravel"? If you find yourself anagramming the letters in the title rather than reading the poetry, it's a good sign you're not into the book.
But I really wanted some of whatever Whitman was smoking that made him so ecstatically, ebulliently enthusiastic about every molecule on the planet. Including his own b. Was this guy sniffing glue along wit Did you know that the letters in "Leaves of Grass" can be rearranged to spell "Asses of Gravel"? Was this guy sniffing glue along with those arm-pits? I made it through about 85 pages, then let it go. Maybe I'll come back to it in the future. There ARE some beautiful passages hiding in among all those exclamation marks.
View all 7 comments. Oct 08, Nahed. I read it in my living room. Read it by the sea. Read it in the afternoon, at sunset and at night. I read it from mid-winter through mid-spring. Read it while sad, read it while content, read it while not giving a fuck. I read it and understood it, read it and misinterpreted it. Do I seem weird? A child said, What is the grass? I do not know what it is any more than he.
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I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven. Or I guess it is the handkerchief of the Lord, A scented gift and remembrancer designedly dropped, Bearing the owner's name someway in the corners, that we may see and remark, and say Whose?
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I'm no expert on Walt Whitman, and given that this poem 'Song of Myself' has been celeb A child said, What is the grass? I'm no expert on Walt Whitman, and given that this poem 'Song of Myself' has been celebrated by everyone from Neruda to Borges to Pessoa to Robin Williams in Dead Poet's Society 'I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world' , I doubt I'm educating anyone by bringing it again to their attention.
That said, this was just what I needed this morning as I warmed into my first day alone in the country after too many weeks of a lack of privacy so intense that I have read and written almost nothing. Nervous, wondering if I might piss away the week allotted to me if I couldn't become inspired, I flicked idly through these pages over coffee, remembering, as I often have in the maybe ten years since I first read them, how they once impressed me, and soon found myself enthralled, a tear in my eye, as I read of the child and his unanswerable question.
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