I'm switching this book to the "read" category since I have no intent of reading any more from it. However, I didn't really read it. I perused it looking for poems of interest in preparation for attendance at a reading group that met three times to discuss this book. I even listened to four lectures from The Teaching Company in preparation for these meetings. The meetings with the reading group were fairly interesting because there were others present who found Whitman more interesting than I did. But in the end I was not won over. I don't see the point of free verse poems, and Whitman's in particular didn't seem to speak to me. The mystery to me is how in the world did this book become an American literary classic? It's just one of those mysteries.