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Walt Whitman

Full Name: Walt Whitman
Gender: Male
Hometown: West Hills, Huntington, Long Island, New York
Born: 1819-05-31
Died: 1892-03-26
Number of Works: 325
Walter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey where his health further declined. He died at age 72 and his funeral became a public spectacle.

Whitman's sexuality is often discussed alongside his poetry. Though he is usually labeled as either homosexual or bisexual, it is unclear if Whitman ever had a sexual relationship with another man. Whitman was concerned with politics throughout his life. He supported the Wilmot Proviso and opposed the extension of slavery generally, but did not believe in the abolitionist movement.


ISBN: 1416523715, 9781416523710
Keywords: grass, leaves
Pages: 624
Published: 1855
  • Rating: 80%

Whitman is today regarded as America's Homer or Dante, and his work the touchstone for literary originality in the New World. In Leaves of Grass, he abandoned the rules of traditional poetry - breaking the standard metred line, discarding the obligatory rhyming scheme, and using the vernacular. Emily Dickinson condemned his sexual and physiological allusions as `disgraceful', but Emerson saw the book as the `most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed'. A century later it is his judgement of this autobiographical vision of the vigour of the American nation that
ISBN: 142092706X, 9781420927061
Keywords: myself, song
Pages: 80
Published: 1856
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0140424512, 9780140424515
Keywords: poems, complete
Pages: 912
Published: 1976
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 1883011353, 9781883011352
Keywords: prose, poetry
Pages: 1424
Published: 1959
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0140150781, 9780140150780
Keywords: revised, whitman, walt, portable
Pages: 688
Published: 1955
  • Rating: 80%

When Walt Whitman self-published Leaves of Grass in 1855 it was a slim volume of twelve poems and he was a journalist and poet from Long Island, little-known but full of ambition and poetic fire. To give a new voice to the new nation shaken by civil war, he spent his entire life revising and adding to the work, but his initial act of bravado in answering Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a national poet has made Whitman the quintessential American writer. This rich cross-section of his work includes poems from throughout Whitman's lifetime as published on his deathbed edition of 1891, short stori
ISBN: 094045002X, 9780940450028
Keywords: prose, poetry, whitman, walt
Pages: 1380
Published: 1982
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0486268780, 9780486268781
Keywords: poems, selected
Pages: 128
Published: 1942
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0486406466, 9780486406466
Keywords: travel, adventure, poems, road, open, songs
Pages: 80
Published: 1998
  • Rating: 80%

Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced wanderlust. For many, the desire to explore is almost irresistible. Now for devotees of poetry, and for those who long for the open road, this collection contains a rich selection of poems about travel and adventure.
ISBN: 0312267908, 9780312267902
Keywords: poems, selected
Pages: 560
Published: 2000
  • Rating: 80%
ISBN: 0486285073, 9780486285078
Keywords: prose, poetry, war, civil
Pages: 96
Published: 1989
  • Rating: 80%