The Most Popular Words Used In Classic Books (INFOGRAPHIC)

October 24, 2014 1:28 PM

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Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass has a reputation for championing the individual ("I am large, I contain multitudes"), so it's surprising that the most frequently used word in the poem -- "all" -- applies to the collective or universal.

A word cloud generated on shows that "one," "body," "old," "new" and "man" -- words more adherent to the contemporary conception of Whitman -- are also among his favorites. The unexpected appearance of "all" reveals the less readily clear heart of the poem: that all individuals are con...

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