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Walt Whitman

Book Review   by:JeanBaileyRobor     Original Author: American Poems
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This article is a biographical sketch of the poet, Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was born in 1819, the son of a Quaker carpenter. His mother was a descendent of Dutch farmers. In his earliest days, Whitman was filled with a love for nature. That love is reflected later in his poetry. He appreciated the classics, yet left school at an early age to become a printer’s apprentice. In 1835, he also worked as a teacher and journeyman printer. Being a printer had its advantages in that as one set type, he could read it as well. He had various jobs in editing. He set his own type and published ‘Leaves of Grass,’ a work for which he is now known. The American Civil War (also known as the War between the States) had a great impact on Whitman as evidenced in some of his work, including ‘Memoranda During the War,’ and ‘Captain! My Captain!’ (written about the death of President Abraham Lincoln). Whitman’s use of free verse had a decided influence on the poetry of the day. His erotic candor often brought critics to the fore in America; however, his works were embraced in England. In 1873, Whitman suffered a paralytic attack, forcing him to give up his work. A widow he had befriended took care of him. In 1892, Walt Whitman died in Camden. However, he left a legacy of writings and poetry that would be admired, criticized, and studied for generations to come. To learn more of this American poet, check out this website article at: http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/waltwhitman/
Published: August 30, 2005   
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