Whitman Magnus opus was Leaves of Grass, a groundbreaking new style of poetry. To him the other continents arrive as contributions. The failure of Reconstruction led him to write the best known of his prose works, Democratic Vistas, which, as its title implies, argues for the maintenance of democratic ideals.
Whitman visualized the role of a poet as a seer, as a prophetic genius who could perceive and interpret his own times and also see beyond time. A single glance of it mocks all the investigations of man and all the instruments and books of the earth and all reasoning. Whitman struggled to support himself through most of his life.
At any rate, by the late s Whitman had established a pattern of opposing the extension of slavery as a Free-Soiler journalist while imagining persons of African descent in radically sympathetic and inclusive terms in his poetry. His brain is the ultimate brain.
If the greatnesses are in conjunction in a man or woman it is enough. He is no arguer. His experiences… Early life Walt Whitman was born into a family that settled in North America in the first half of the 17th century.
The Whitman family had at one time owned a large tract of land, but it was so diminished by the time Walt was born that his father had taken up carpentering, though the family still lived on a small section of the ancestral estate.
It is the medium that shall well nigh express the inexpressible. The Complete Works of Walt Whitman. Only the soul is of itself. His war time experiences left a profound mark on Whitman. The interest will come round. He then traveled to Washington, D.
Whitman defines his very vocation as poet in terms of slavery, leveling the differences created by slavery and claiming to represent both slaves and their masters. They shall not be careful of riches and privilege.Life and Background. Walt Whitman is both a major poet and an outstanding personality in the history of American literature.
He rose from obscurity to monumental fame. Watch video · Poet and journalist Walt Whitman was born on May 31, in West Hills, New York.
Considered one of America's most influential poets, Whitman aimed to transcend traditional epics and eschew normal aesthetic form to mirror the potential freedoms to be found in America. Source: Leaves of Grass (Brooklyn, NY, ). University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives, FOLIO PScopy 1.
The original e-text for this file was prepared by Primary Source Media for Major Authors on CD-ROM: Walt Whitman (). Walt Whitman is America’s world poet—a latter-day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare.
In Leaves of Grass (, ), 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. The Civil War had a great impact on Walt Whitman’s life. He moved to Washington in and, after volunteering as a wound dresser in Washington hospitals, determined to devote his life to war service.
His experiences Early life. Walt Whitman was born into a family that settled in North America in the first half of the 17th century. His ancestry. Leaves of Grass is a poetry collection by the American poet Walt Whitman (–).
Although the first edition was published inWhitman spent most of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass, revising it multiple times until his death.
This resulted in vastly different editions over four decades—the first, a small book of twelve.Download