Walt Whitman

Walter Whitman (; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A 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 controversial in its time, particularly his 1855 poetry collection ''Leaves of Grass'', which was described as obscene for its overt sensuality.

Born in Huntington on Long Island, as a child and through much of his career he resided in Brooklyn. At age 11, he left formal schooling to go to work. Later, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, and a government clerk. Whitman's major poetry collection, ''Leaves of Grass'', was first published in 1855 with his own money and became well known. 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. During the American Civil War, he went to Washington, D.C. and worked in hospitals caring for the wounded. His poetry often focused on both loss and healing. On the death of Abraham Lincoln, whom Whitman greatly admired, he wrote his well known poems, "O Captain! My Captain!" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", and gave a series of lectures. After a stroke towards the end of his life, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral was a public event.

Whitman's influence on poetry remains strong. Mary Whitall Smith Costelloe argued: "You cannot really understand America without Walt Whitman, without ''Leaves of Grass'' ... He has expressed that civilization, 'up to date,' as he would say, and no student of the philosophy of history can do without him." Modernist poet Ezra Pound called Whitman "America's poet ... He ''is'' America." Provided by Wikipedia
Showing 1 - 20 results of 443 for search 'Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892', query time: 0.11s Refine Results
  1. 1
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1971
    Book
  2. 2
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1891
    Book
  3. 3
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1888
    Book
  4. 4
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1918
    Book
  5. 5
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1892
    Book
  6. 6
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1997
    Software eBook
  7. 7
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1915
    Book
  8. 8
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1886
    Book
  9. 9
  10. 10
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1904
    Book
  11. 11
  12. 12
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1892
    Book
  13. 13
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1888
    Book
  14. 14
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1888
    Book
  15. 15
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1996
    Book
  16. 16
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1927
    Book
  17. 17
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1965
    Book
  18. 18
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1936
    Book
  19. 19
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1946
    Book
  20. 20
    by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
    Published 1990
    Book