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Although experimenting liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which spearheaded the transcendentalist revolution when it was first published in 1855, the book is a collection of personal, often controversial poems―many of which reference accessing the sublime in terms of the physical―can hardly be considered scandalous by contemporary standards.

 

A. Although experimenting liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which spearheaded the transcendentalist revolution when it was first published in 1855, the book is a collection of

B. Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which spearheaded the transcendentalist revolution when it had first been published in 1855, experimented liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, the book, a collection of 

C. Although Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which spearheaded the transcendentalist revolution when it was first published in 1855, experimented liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, the book, a collection of

D. Although it experimented liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, spearheading the transcendentalist revolution when it was first published in 1855, was a book that collected 

E. Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, which spearheaded the transcendentalist revolution when it was first published in 1855, although it experimented liberally with the poetic form that Whitman described as free verse, the book, a collection of 

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BGPC_Eliza
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This one is a difficult one. Let's start by eliminating the wrong answers to get to the right one.
A) is wrong because "experimenting liberally" incorrectly modifies the book saying that it is experimenting
B) is wrong because "had first been published" is unnecessarily wordy and grammatically incorrect.
C) is promising, no glaring mistakes
D) the book still exists, so "was a book" is incorrect
E) the structure is unnecessarily and incorrectly wordy, the although makes it sound like it should be a new sentence
answered Dec 18, 2014 by Associate (125 points)
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