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  2. Walt Whitman - Wikipedia

    Walter Whitman Jr. ( / ˈhwɪtmən /; 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. [1]

  3. Walt Whitman | Biography, Poems, Leaves of Grass, & Facts

    Walt Whitman, in full Walter Whitman, (born May 31, 1819, West Hills, Long Island, New York, U.S.—died March 26, 1892, Camden, New Jersey), American poet, journalist, and essayist whose verse collection Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855, is a landmark in the history of American literature.

  4. Walt Whitman | Poetry Foundation

    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 reassurance even in death.

  5. Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, on Long Island, New York. He was the second son of Walter Whitman, a house-builder, and Louisa Van Velsor. In the 1820s and 1830s, the family, which consisted of nine children, lived in Long Island and Brooklyn, where Whitman attended the Brooklyn public schools.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

    Name: Walt Whitman Birth Year: 1819 Birth date: May 31, 1819 Birth State: New York Birth City: West Hills Birth Country: United States Gender: Male Best Known For: Walt Whitman was an American...

  9. TOP 25 QUOTES BY WALT WHITMAN (of 494) | A-Z Quotes

    Walt Whitman. Moments, Define You. 378 Copy quote. Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you. Walt Whitman. Inspirational, Positive, Happiness. Walt Whitman, The Secret Libraries (2016). “Walt Whitman Quotes... Vol. 20: Motivational and Inspirational Life Quotes by Walt Whitman”.

  10. Walt Whitman's Life | American Experience | Official Site | 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...

  11. A Guide to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass

    Whitman's greatest legacy is his invention of a truly American free verse. His groundbreaking, open, inclusive, and optimistic poems are written in long, sprawling lines and span an astonishing variety of subject matter and points of view—embodying the democratic spirit of his new America.