A child said What is the grass?

from Walt Whitman – Song of Myself on Rap Genius

Meaning

During Whitman’s time, the answer to this question was ambivalent, especially when posed to an artist — “grass” could, of course, simply refer to the common vegetation; however, the word was also a slang term for “a work of minor value”, which inspired the title to Whitman’s lifelong collection of poetry, “Leaves of Grass”

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