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 very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and — in addition to publishing his poetry — was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War.
He rose from obscurity to monumental fame, coming to be recognized as a national figure. His achievement is great, although it has been sometimes obscured by unfair, hostile criticism — or, conversely, by extravagant praise.
He is essentially a poet, though other aspects of his achievement — as philosopher, mystic, or critic — have also been stressed. His father, Walter, was a laborer, carpenter, and house builder. His mother, Louisa, was a devout Quaker.
Inthe family moved to Brooklyn, where Walt had his schooling From to he held various jobs, some of them on newspapers in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
From to he was a schoolteacher in Long Island, despite the paucity of his own education. The division of Whitman's early life between town and country later enabled him to depict both environments with equal understanding and sympathy.
He also traveled extensively throughout America, and so could appreciate the various regions of the land. Between and Whitman edited various periodicals and newspapers. It was, apparently, during this period that he began to compose the poems which were later published as Leaves of Grass.
In Walt's brother George was wounded in the Civil War. When Whitman traveled to Virginia to visit him, he saw large numbers of the wounded in hospitals. The Civil War was a major event in Whitman's career, stirring both his imagination and his sensibility and making him a dresser of spiritual wounds as well as of physical ones as he worked as a volunteer in hospitals.
Lincoln's assassination also moved Whitman deeply, and several poems bear testimony of his intense grief. In Whitman was fired from his post in the Department of the Interior in Washington because of the alleged indecency of Leaves of Grass.
He was hired by the Attorney General's office and remained there until when he suffered a mild paralytic stroke which left him a semi-invalid. In Whitman's last yearshe was mostly confined to his room in the house which he had bought in Camden, New Jersey.
Two friends, Horace Traubel and Thomas B. He died on March 26, Thus ended the lifelong pilgrimage of the Good Gray Poet as his contemporary, critic W. O'Connor, called himan immortal in American literature. Whitman grew into almost a legendary figure, due largely to the charm and magnetism of his personality.
Contemporary critics described him as a "modern Christ. But he was very much alive. Whitman was a being of paradoxes. His dual nature, a profound spirituality combined with an equally profound animality, puzzled even his admirers. Symonds, an English writer, was puzzled by undercurrents of emotional and sexual abnormality in the Calamus poems and questioned Whitman on this issue.
Whitman's reply August 19, is interesting:Watch video · Walt Whitman was an American poet whose verse collection 'Leaves of Grass' is a landmark in the history of American literature.
Walt Whitman Biography Walt Whitman ( – ) American poet who linked the Transcendentalist poets with the more realistic style of the Twentieth Century.
Whitman Magnus opus was Leaves of Grass, a groundbreaking new style of poetry. Walt Whitman's biography and life rutadeltambor.com "Walt" was an American poet, essayist and journalist.
A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating bo. 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. 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. Walt Whitman - Poet - Born on May 31, , Walt Whitman is the author of Leaves of Grass and, along with Emily Dickinson, is considered one of the architects of a uniquely American poetic voice.