W.S. Merwin is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He will become the 17th poet laureate this fall, succeeding Kay Ryan. Matt Valentine/Library of Congress/AP Photo hide caption

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Jehanne Dubrow blogs about poetry and literature at Notes from the Gefilte Review. Jeremy Schaub hide caption

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Song of Myself was included in Walt Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass. Whitman paid for the publication of the first edition himself. Three Lions/Getty Images hide caption

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