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  2. Walt Whitman - Poems, Quotes & Poetry - Biography

    (1819-1892) Who Was Walt Whitman? Considered one of America's most influential poets, Walt Whitman aimed to transcend traditional epics and eschew normal aesthetic form to mirror the potential...

  3. Walt Whitman's Life | American Experience | PBS

    Walt Whitman is born to Louisa and Walter Whitman in Huntington Township on Long Island, New York. He is the second of eight surviving children. His father will struggle to support the family...

  4. Walt Whitman died on March 26, 1892, at his home in Camden, New Jersey at age 72. An autopsy revealed that the cause of death was pleurisy. During his funeral, more than 1000 people came and expressed their deep admiration for the poet.

  5. The Walt Whitman Archive

    The Walt Whitman Archive is a comprehensive resource about Whitman's life and work, co-directed by Dr. Ed Folsom and Dr. Kenneth M. Price. Whitman has been one of the most influential writers in American history.

  6. 10 of the Best Walt Whitman Poems Everyone Should Read

    Walt Whitman (1819-92), with his innovative free verse and celebration of the American landscape, made his poetry a sort of literary declaration of independence, seeking to move away from the literary tradition associated with the Old World and forge a new, distinctly American literature.

  7. Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare. In Leaves of Grass (1855, 1891-2), he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship. This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and...

  8. About Whitman - Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum

    Walt Whitman was born, the second of nine children, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, on May 31, 1819. His ancestors and family had lived in the West Hills area of South Huntington for over 125 years. Walt Whitman’s Birthplace, a State Historic Site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still stands and commemorates his ...

  9. To celebrate Walt Whitman's birthday and to get ready for a barefoot, revitalizing summer, we share his love for nature's sounds and music, and a legacy of inspiration. Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant is among many who were inspired by his work - take a peek at her visit to the Library and the Harned-Whitman Papers in the Manuscript Division.

  10. Where to Start with Walt Whitman | The New York Public Library

    May 31, 2018 NYPL Digital Collections, Image ID: 437787 Born on Long Island and only formally educated until the age of eleven, Walt Whitman was once called "America's poet" by Ezra Pound. He has also been cited as the "father of free verse" and is now one of the most beloved writers in the American canon.

  11. Leaves of Grass - Wikipedia

    Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by American poet Walt Whitman. Though it was first published in 1855, Whitman spent most of his professional life writing, rewriting, and expanding Leaves of Grass [1] until his death in 1892. Six or nine individual editions of Leaves of Grass were produced, depending on how they are distinguished. [2]