Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892)
Born: 31st May, 1819
Died: 26th March, 1892
Nationality: American
Profession/Occupation: Poet
Region: West Hills, New York, Camden, New Jersey
Literary movement: Transcendentalism, Realism
Notable works: "Drum-Taps", "Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking", "Democratic Vistas", "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry", "O Captain! My Captain!", "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", "Song of Myself", "I Sing the Body Electric", "Calamus", "Sequel to Drum-Taps"
Types of literature: Poems, Essay

Walt Whitman Facts

Biography

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.

Early life

Walt Whitman was born into a family that settled in North America in the first half of the 17th century. His ancestry was typical of the region: his mother, Louisa Van Velsor, was Dutch, and his father, Walter Whitman, was of English descent. They were farm people with little formal education. 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. In 1823 Walter Whitman, Sr., moved his growing family to Brooklyn, which was enjoying a boom. There he speculated in real estate and built cheap houses for artisans, but he was a poor manager and had difficulty in providing for his family, which increased to nine children.

Walt, the second child, attended public school in Brooklyn, began working at the age of 12, and learned the printing trade. He was employed as a printer in Brooklyn and New York City, taught in country schools on Long Island, and became a journalist. At the age of 23 he edited a daily newspaper in New York, and in 1846 he became editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a fairly important newspaper of the time. Discharged from the Eagle early in 1848 because of his support for the antislavery Free Soil faction of the Democratic Party, he went to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked for three months on the Crescent before returning to New York via the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes. After another abortive attempt at Free Soil journalism, he built houses and dabbled in real estate in New York from about 1850 until 1855.

Whitman had spent a great deal of his 36 years walking and observing in New York City and Long Island. He had visited the theatre frequently and seen many plays of William Shakespeare, and he had developed a strong love of music, especially opera. During these years, he had also read extensively at home and in the New York libraries, and he began experimenting with a new style of poetry. While a schoolteacher, printer, and journalist, he had published sentimental stories and poems in newspapers and popular magazines, but they showed almost no literary promise.

By the spring of 1855 Whitman had enough poems in his new style for a thin volume. Unable to find a publisher, he sold a house and printed the first edition of Leaves of Grass at his own expense. No publisher’s name and no author’s name appeared on the first edition in 1855. But the cover had a portrait of Walt Whitman, “broad-shouldered, rouge-fleshed, Bacchus-browed, bearded like a satyr,” as Bronson Alcott described him in a journal entry in 1856. Though little appreciated upon its appearance, Leaves of Grass was warmly praised by the poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote to Whitman on receiving the poems that it was “the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom” America had yet contributed.

Whitman continued practicing his new style of writing in his private notebooks, and in 1856 the second edition of Leaves of Grass appeared. This collection contained revisions of the poems of the first edition and a new one, the “Sun-down Poem” (later to become “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”). The second edition was also a financial failure, and once again Whitman edited a daily newspaper, the Brooklyn Times, but was unemployed by the summer of 1859. In 1860 a Boston publisher brought out the third edition of Leaves of Grass, greatly enlarged and rearranged, but the outbreak of the American Civil War bankrupted the firm. The 1860 volume contained the “Calamus” poems, which record a personal crisis of some intensity in Whitman’s life, an apparent homosexual love affair (whether imagined or real is unknown), and “Premonition” (later entitled “Starting from Paumanok”), which records the violent emotions that often drained the poet’s strength. “A Word out of the Sea” (later entitled “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking”) evoked some sombre feelings, as did “As I Ebb’d with the Ocean of Life,” “Chants Democratic,” “Enfans d’Adam,” “Messenger Leaves,” and “Thoughts” were more in the poet’s earlier vein.

Civil War years

After the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Whitman’s brother was wounded at Fredericksburg, and Whitman went there in 1862, staying some time in the camp, then taking a temporary post in the paymaster’s office in Washington. He spent his spare time visiting wounded and dying soldiers in the Washington hospitals, spending his scanty salary on small gifts for Confederate and Union soldiers alike and offering his usual “cheer and magnetism” to try to alleviate some of the mental depression and bodily suffering he saw in the wards.

In January 1865 he became a clerk in the Department of the Interior; in May he was promoted but in June was dismissed because the secretary of the Interior thought that Leaves of Grass was indecent. Whitman then obtained a post in the attorney general’s office, largely through the efforts of his friend the journalist William O’Connor, who wrote a vindication of Whitman in The Good Gray Poet (published in 1866), which aroused sympathy for the victim of injustice.

In May 1865 a collection of war poems entitled Drum-Taps showed Whitman’s readers a new kind of poetry, in free verse, moving from the oratorical excitement with which he had greeted the falling-in and arming of the young men at the beginning of the Civil War to a disturbing awareness of what war really meant. “Beat! Beat! Drums!” echoed the bitterness of the first of the battles of Bull Run, and “Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night” had a new awareness of suffering, no less effective for its quietly plangent quality. The Sequel to Drum-Taps, published in the autumn of 1865, contained “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d,” his great elegy on Pres. Abraham Lincoln. Whitman’s horror at the death of democracy’s first “great martyr chief ” was matched by his revulsion from the barbarities of war. Whitman’s prose descriptions of the Civil War, published later in Specimen Days & Collect (1882–83), are no less effective in their direct, moving simplicity.

Later life

The fourth edition of Leaves of Grass, published in 1867, contained much revision and rearrangement. Apart from the poems collected in Drum-Taps, it contained eight new poems, and some poems had been omitted. In the late 1860s Whitman’s work began to receive greater recognition. O’Connor’s The Good Gray Poet and John Burroughs’s Notes on Walt Whitman as Poet and Person (1867) were followed in 1868 by an expurgated English edition of Whitman’s poems prepared by William Michael Rossetti, the English man of letters. During the remainder of his life Whitman received much encouragement from leading writers in England.

Whitman was ill in 1872, probably as a result of long-experienced emotional strains; in January 1873 his first stroke left him partly paralyzed. By May he had recovered sufficiently to travel to his brother’s home in Camden, New Jersey, where his mother was dying. Her subsequent death he called “the great cloud” of his life. He thereafter lived with his brother in Camden, and his post in the attorney general’s office was terminated in 1874.

Whitman’s health recovered sufficiently by 1879 for him to make a visit to the West. In 1881 James R. Osgood published a second Boston edition of Leaves of Grass, and the Society for the Suppression of Vice claimed it to be immoral. Because of a threatened prosecution, Osgood gave the plates to Whitman, who, after he had published an author’s edition, found a new publisher, Rees Welsh of Philadelphia, who was shortly succeeded by David McKay. Leaves of Grass had now reached the form in which it was henceforth to be published. Newspaper publicity had created interest in the book, and it sold better than any previous edition. As a result, Whitman was able to buy a modest little cottage in Camden, where he spent the rest of his life. He had many new friends, among them Horace Traubel, who recorded his talk and wrote his biography. The Complete Poems and Prose was published in 1888, along with the eighth edition of Leaves of Grass. The ninth, or “authorized,” edition appeared in 1892, the year of Whitman’s death.

Leaves of Grass

Walt Whitman is known primarily for Leaves of Grass, though it is actually more than one book. During Whitman’s lifetime it went through nine editions, each with its own distinct virtues and faults. Whitman compared the finished book to a cathedral long under construction, and on another occasion to a tree, with its cumulative rings of growth. Both metaphors are misleading, however, because he did not construct his book unit by unit or by successive layers but constantly altered titles, diction, and even motifs and shifted poems—omitting, adding, separating, and combining. Beginning with the third edition (1860), he grouped the poems under such titles as “Chants Democratic,” “Enfans d’Adam” (later “Children of Adam”), “Calamus,” “Poems of Joy,” and “Sea-Drift.” Some of his later group titles were highly connotative, such as “Birds of Passage,” “By the Roadside,” “Autumn Rivulets,” “From Noon to Starry Night,” and “Songs of Parting,” suggesting a life allegory. But the poems were not arranged in order of composition, either within a particular group or from one group to another. After 1881 Whitman made no further shifts in groups or revisions of poems within the groups, merely adding the poems of “Sands at Seventy” and “Good-Bye My Fancy.”

Under the influence of the Romantic movement in literature and art, Whitman held the theory that the chief function of the poet was to express his own personality in his verse. The first edition of Leaves of Grass also appeared during the most nationalistic period in American literature, when critics were calling for a literature commensurate with the size, natural resources, and potentialities of the North American continent. “We want” shouted a character in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Kavanagh (1849), “a national literature altogether shaggy and unshorn, that shall shake the earth, like a herd of buffaloes thundering over the prairies.” With the same fervour, Whitman declared in his 1855 preface, “Here are the roughs and beards and space and ruggedness and nonchalance that the soul loves.” In Leaves of Grass he addressed the citizens of the United States, urging them to be large and generous in spirit, a new race nurtured in political liberty, and possessed of united souls and bodies.

It was partly in response to nationalistic ideals and partly in accord with his ambition to cultivate and express his own personality that the “I” of Whitman’s poems asserted a mythical strength and vitality. For the frontispiece to the first edition, Whitman used a picture of himself in work clothes, posed nonchalantly with cocked hat and hand in trouser pocket, as if illustrating a line in his leading poem, “Song of Myself”: “I cock my hat as I please indoors and out.” In this same poem he also characterized himself as:

Walt Whitman, an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos,

Disorderly fleshy and sensual…eating drinking and breeding,….

Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am touched from….

From this time on throughout his life Whitman attempted to dress the part and act the role of the shaggy, untamed poetic spokesman of the proud young nation. For the expression of this persona he also created a form of free verse without rhyme or metre, but abounding in oratorical rhythms and chanted lists of American place-names and objects. He learned to handle this simple, enumerative style with great subtlety and was especially successful in creating empathy of space and movement, but to most of his contemporaries it seemed completely “unpoetic.” Both the content and the style of his verse also caused Whitman’s early biographers, and even the poet himself, to confuse the symbolic self of the poems with their physical creator. In reality Whitman was quiet, gentle, courteous; neither “rowdy” (a favourite word) nor lawless. In sexual conduct he may have been unconventional, though no one is sure; it is likely that the six illegitimate children he boasted of in extreme old age were begotten by his imagination. He did advocate greater sexual freedom and tolerance, but sex in his poems is also symbolic—of natural innocence, “the procreant urge of the world,” and of the regenerative power of nature. In his greatest poems, such as parts of “Song of Myself” and all of “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking,” sex is spiritualized.

Whitman’s greatest theme is a symbolic identification of the regenerative power of nature with the deathless divinity of the soul. His poems are filled with a religious faith in the processes of life, particularly those of fertility, sex, and the “unflagging pregnancy” of nature: sprouting grass, mating birds, phallic vegetation, the maternal ocean, and planets in formation (“the journey-work of stars”). The poetic “I” of Leaves of Grass transcends time and space, binding the past with the present and intuiting the future, illustrating Whitman’s belief that poetry is a form of knowledge, the supreme wisdom of humankind.

Reputation

At the time of his death Whitman was more respected in Europe than in his own country. It was not as a poet, indeed, but as a symbol of American democracy that he first won recognition. In the late 19th century his poems exercised a strong fascination on English readers who found his championing of the common man idealistic and prophetic.

Whitman’s aim was to transcend traditional epics, to eschew normal aesthetic form, and yet by reflecting American society to enable the poet and his readers to realize themselves and the nature of their American experience. He has continued to hold the attention of very different generations because he offered the welcome conviction that “the crowning growth of the United States” was to be spiritual and heroic and because he was able to uncompromisingly express his own personality in poetic form. Modern readers can still share his preoccupation with the problem of preserving the individual’s integrity amid broader social pressures. Whitman invigorated language, he could be strong yet sentimental, and he possessed scope and inventiveness. He portrayed the relationships of an individual’s body and soul and the universe in a new way, often emancipating poetry from contemporary conventions. He had sufficient universality to be considered one of the greatest American poets.

Top Questions

What was Walt Whitman’s early life like?

What is Leaves of Grass?

What is Walt Whitman’s legacy?

Top 76 Walt Whitman quotes

I exist as I am, that is enough.
Am
Enough
Exist
I am
Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
Always
Behind
Face
Fall
Keep
Shadows
Sunshine
Toward
Will
You
Your
Seeing, hearing, feeling, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.
Each
Feeling
Hearing
Me
Miracle
Miracles
Part
Seeing
Tag
After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains.
After
Business
Exhausted
Finally
Found
Nature
None
Permanently
Politics
Remains
Satisfy
Wear
You
We convince by our presence.
Convince
Our
Presence
I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Am
Bad
Best
God
Good
I am
Thank
Thank god
Worst
I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don't believe I deserved my friends.
Believe
Deserved
Doubt
Enemies
Friends
No doubt
All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor.
Candor
Faults
Forgiven
Him
May
Perfect
Who
Freedom - to walk free and own no superior.
Free
Freedom
Own
Superior
Walk
The whole theory of the universe is directed unerringly to one single individual.
Directed
Individual
Single
Single individual
Theory
Universe
Whole
The beauty of independence, departure, actions that rely on themselves.
Actions
Beauty
Departure
Independence
Rely
Themselves
Be curious, not judgmental.
Curious
Judgmental
Speech is the twin of my vision, it is unequal to measure itself, it provokes me forever, it says sarcastically, Walt you contain enough, why don't you let it out then?
Contain
Enough
Forever
Itself
Me
Measure
Out
Says
Speech
Then
Twin
Unequal
Vision
Walt
Every moment of light and dark is a miracle.
Dark
Every
Light
Miracle
Moment
Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.
Been
Dismiss
Insults
Soul
Which
You
Your
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
Anywhere
Art
Been
Beyond
Democracy
Exists
Forms
Grows
Has-been
In the past
Influences
Itself
Never
Opposite
I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
American
Baseball
Game
Great
Great things
I see
Our
See
Things
A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.
Books
Me
Metaphysics
More
Satisfies
Than
Window
Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed.
Beautiful
Flowers
Garden
Give
Give me
I can
Me
Sunrise
Undisturbed
Walk
Where
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
Flesh
Great
Poem
Shall
Very
Your
I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
Believe
Grass
I believe
Leaf
Less
Stars
Than
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
Enough
I have learned
Learned
Like
Those
Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy.
Always
Far
History
Jeopardy
Judging
Justice
Main
Portions
The history of
World
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Audiences
Great
Must
Poets
Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
Am
Contain
Contradict
I am
Large
Multitudes
Myself
Then
Very
Well
To me, every hour of the day and night is an unspeakably perfect miracle.
Day
Day and night
Every
Hour
Me
Miracle
Night
Perfect
Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
Air
Best
Earth
Eat
Grow
I see
Making
Now
Open
Person
Secret
See
Sleep
The secret of
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
Consider
Constraint
Contrary
Every
Law
Laws
Liberty
Man
On the contrary
Potent
Release
Sees
Shallow
Wise
When I give I give myself.
Give
Myself
Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
Satisfies
Soul
Truth
Whatever
The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.
Always
Ambassador
Authors
Best
Churches
Colleges
Common
Common people
Even
Executives
Genius
Inventors
Most
Newspapers
I accept reality and dare not question it.
Accept
Dare
Question
Reality
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
Become
Employment
Following
Hero
Man
May
Trade
Young
Young man
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
Art
Expression
Glory
Letters
Light
Simplicity
Sunshine
He most honors my style who learns under it to destroy the teacher.
Destroy
He
Honors
Learns
Most
Style
Teacher
Who
There is no object so soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.
Hub
Makes
Object
Soft
Universe
O public road, I say back I am not afraid to leave you, yet I love you, you express me better than I can express myself.
Afraid
Am
Back
Better
Express
I am
I can
I love
I love you
Leave
Love
Love you
Me
Myself
I heard what was said of the universe, heard it and heard it of several thousand years; it is middling well as far as it goes - but is that all?
As far as
Far
Goes
Heard
Said
Several
Thousand
Thousand years
Universe
Well
Years
I say to mankind, Be not curious about God. For I, who am curious about each, am not curious about God - I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.
About
Am
Behold
Curious
Each
Every
God
Hear
Least
Mankind
Object
Say
Understand
Who
I cannot be awake for nothing looks to me as it did before, Or else I am awake for the first time, and all before has been a mean sleep.
Am
Awake
Been
Before
Cannot
Did
Else
First
First time
Has-been
I am
Looks
Me
Mean
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.
About
Expressive
Freshness
Genius
Illiterate
Indescribable
Noblest
Person
Power
The words of my book nothing, the drift of it everything.
Book
Drift
Everything
Nothing
Words
The beautiful uncut hair of graves.
Beautiful
Graves
Hair
Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed.
Advance
Behind
Bigots
Fools
Front
Go
New
Offer
Old
Persons
Postponed
Stood
Which
Nothing endures but personal qualities.
Endures
Nothing
Personal
Qualities
A great city is that which has the greatest men and women.
City
Great
Great city
Greatest
Men
Men and women
Which
Women
The great city is that which has the greatest man or woman: if it be a few ragged huts, it is still the greatest city in the whole world.
City
Few
Great
Great city
Greatest
Greatest city
Greatest man
Hut
Man
Still
Which
Whole
Woman
World
Other lands have their vitality in a few, a class, but we have it in the bulk of our people.
Bulk
Class
Few
Lands
Other
Our
Our people
People
Vitality
Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.
Command
Conqueror
Ever
Exterior
Life
Live
Me
Meet
Nothing
Oh
Powerful
Ruler
Slave
Take
To die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier.
Any
Die
Different
Luckier
Supposed

Walt Whitman books

Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition

Leaves of Grass: The Original 1855 Edition

Complete Poems of Whitman (Wordsworth Poetry Library)

Complete Poems of Whitman (Wordsworth Poetry Library)

Leaves of Grass

Leaves of Grass

The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)

The Complete Poems (Penguin Classics)

Song of Myself: The First and Final Editions of the Great American Poem

Song of Myself: The First and Final Editions of the Great American Poem

Leaves Of Grass: 1855

Leaves Of Grass: 1855

Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose (Library of America)

Walt Whitman: Poetry and Prose (Library of America)

Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography

Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography

Leaves of Grass: The Complete Deathbed Edition

Leaves of Grass: The Complete Deathbed Edition

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman

Song of Myself: 1892 Edition (S4N Pocket Poems) (Volume 2)

Song of Myself: 1892 Edition (S4N Pocket Poems) (Volume 2)

Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (Iowa Whitman Series)

Leaves of Grass, 1860: The 150th Anniversary Facsimile Edition (Iowa Whitman Series)

Walt Whitman essays

Read more informative topics on our blog
An Analysis ON THE Dumbest Generation British Language Essay
The Dumbest Technology, How the Digital Time Stupefies Young People in the usa and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don't Trust Anyone Under 30) is a crucial analysis on the effects of the prolific get spread around of information and communication technology on the young ones of today. In it, Make Bauerlein argues that while this technology could have been used to increase access to knowledge and for that reason improve the brains of children, they have only been used to distract them from useful knowledge and skills which he strongly implies, although hardly ever explicitly says, only currently..
Song Of Myself
"Songs of Myself ", by Walt Whitman's Background Song of Myself is a poem by Walt Whitman's. This poem presents a continual blast of human awareness, where he makes an attempt to analyze death as natural and transformative process, which must eventually everybody. Walt Whitman was an American poet created in 1819 and died on 26th March 1892. The poet was created in Town of Huntington, Long Island, New York, U. S. In his previous years, Whitman performed as government staff, and during the helm of his virtually work he used to work as healthcare assistant in the American battle. He is undoubtedly..
Walt Whitman and Dostoyevsky: The human being identity
The portrayal of the human being personality in the poems of Walt Whitman and Dostoyevsky: Literature performs an important role in the population that's not only related to the level of entertainment. Through the various genres of literature, we can stand for suggestions to the world through the specific thematic issues lifted within the textile of the text messages. Poetry functions the same purpose in the culture. Through the use of beauty in the dialect such as the symbolic sound give the genre an interesting perspective. Apart from the entertainment, the ideas of the poet about the contemporary..
Change Through Thought- American Romantics and Radicals Composition
Change Through Thought- American Romantics and RadicalsMany of the American romantics and radicals strive to inspire alter through thought before actions. First, Rob Waldo Emerson promoted his ideas within the importance of mother nature and self-sufficiency. Second, Holly David Thoreau demonstrated his ideas about civil disobedience as well as sustainable independent living. Third, Maggie Fuller advertised her ideas of woman equality. Next, Frederick Douglass showed a side of slavery that had not been viewed before. Finally, Walt Whitman's new design of writing improved writing..
I Sit and Look Out Essay
Walt Whitman, a dominant American anti war poet person, who existed during the times of civil war witnessed the problem around him with his personal eyes and transformed that into literary works which even now stands highly relevant to our lives today. The creation of capitalism during this period and its quick proliferation brought with by itself several ramifications. Human worries were relegated and principles were sidelined.In response to all or any the atrocities, the people seemed around and turned a blind eyesight towards all of them. They was as unattached observers who also did not..
Essay about Calvary Crossing A Ford
A Yankee Quest from the To the southIn simply one sitting down, a audience of Walt Whitman's part Calvary Crossing a Honda might have the inclination to interpret the effort as a simple depiction of some unknown strap of horseman and the cosmetic scenery they encounter prove travels. With an attention that is more attentive to fine detail, literary factors such as the speaker's tone and Whitman's demonstration of depth bring to mild a more deeply revelation; the Yankees are coming home.The speaker's diction is not only sensory nevertheless also aesthetically so. He speaks..
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Essay
Ferry is regarded as one of the greatest lyrical poems in history. In Bridging Brooklyn Ferry, Walt Whitman uses connotative diction, spying questions, and critical visitor engagement to share a feeling of connection and oneness of people through time. By utilizing these specific rhetoric approaches, Whitman produces a piece of poetry that seems to be timeless.Whitman carefully selects certain keywords that really spotlight his intentions to connect himself and others visitors throughout period. In part 2 of the poem, Walt selects the words simple and compact to describe a scheme by which..
Essay in Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's ' I Listen to America Singing '
As Richard Perry once said, "Certainly any hope of dispelling racism needs the pass on of knowledge to fix misinformation, " (738). Walt Whitman grew up in Ny in a white, American, middle-class family inside the early nineteenth century. Following becoming a writer, Whitman was a great factor of "Americanism" in materials. According to the book Walt Whitman 's America, "Whitman's writings were a great impulse to revisit the period before his birth, when ever slavery plus the economy were not yet challenging issues, " (Reynolds, 25). The fact that..
Summary Of ' Leaves Of Turf ' By Walt Whitman Essay
America through the late 1700's and early 1800's appeared to seemingly be a very controversial time. Any potential problems that American's went through in this era intensely impacted how they thought, published, and managed day-to-day existence. For the poet, Walt Whitman, he was influenced to create, "a quantity containing a dozen untitled poems along with an modern preface proclaiming his desire to be the American bard" (Levine 1312). In the book, "Leaves of Lawn, " Whitman's preface provides truthful regarding the American life and culture,..
Alternative Genetic Influences In H Sapien Evolution Dissertation
Substitute Genetic Impact on on L. sapien AdvancementThe DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) of all the people living in our world today includes a record of history. Just like a genealogy, our GENETICS shows how we are associated with our relatives and requires us in our background to those that emerged before us. Most of us have old, black and light photos of some of the people on our family tree and we find, generally, that those forefathers looked pretty similar to us. However , man of science are now discovering that if you may obtain a photo from members of your genealogy over 40000 years ago you might..
Subscribe to our updates
79 345 subscribers already with us

Related authors

Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley, (born January 12, 1952, Los Angeles, California, U.S.), American author of mystery..
Washington Irving
Washington Irving
Washington Irving, (born April 3, 1783, New York, New York, U.S.—died November 28, 1859, Tarrytown,..
Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky, Russian in full Vasily Vasilyevich Kandinsky, (born December 4 [December 16,..
William Blake
William Blake
Genres: Poetry
Types of literature: Poems
William Blake, (born Nov. 28, 1757, London, Eng.—died Aug. 12, 1827, London), English engraver,..
William Butler Yeats
William Butler Yeats
Types of literature: Poems
William Butler Yeats, (born June 13, 1865, Sandymount, Dublin, Ireland—died January 28, 1939,..
William Congreve
William Congreve
Genres: Drama, Poetry
William Congreve, (born January 24, 1670, Bardsey, near Leeds, Yorkshire, England—died January..
William Cowper
William Cowper
Genres: Poetry
Types of literature: Poems, Hymns
William Cowper, (born November 26, 1731, Great Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire, England—died April..
William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt
William Hazlitt, (born April 10, 1778, Maidstone, Kent, Eng.—died Sept. 18, 1830, Soho, London),..
William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray, (born July 18, 1811, Calcutta, India—died Dec. 24, 1863, London,..
William Morris
William Morris
William Morris, (born March 24, 1834, Walthamstow, near London, England—died October 3, 1896,..
William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
Genres: Tragedy, Drama, Comedy
Types of literature: Poems, Play, Sonnets
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare also spelled Shakspere, byname Bard of Avon or Swan of Avon, (baptized..
William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
Genres: Poetry
Types of literature: Poems
William Wordsworth, (born April 7, 1770, Cockermouth, Cumberland, England—died April 23, 1850,..
Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill, in full Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, (born November 30, 1874, Blenheim..
Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka, in full Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka, (born July 13, 1934, Abeokuta, Nigeria), Nigerian..
Woody Allen
Woody Allen
Woody Allen, original name Allen Stewart Konigsberg, legal name Heywood Allen, (born December..
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, (born August 28, 1749, Frankfurt am Main [Germany]--died March 22,..
John Milton
John Milton
John Milton, (born December 9, 1608, London, England--died November 8?, 1674, London?), English..
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, (born November 30, 1835, Florida, Missouri,..
Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Samuel Johnson, byname Dr. Johnson, (born September 18, 1709, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England--died..
Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Martin Luther, (born November 10, 1483, Eisleben, Saxony [Germany]--died February 18, 1546, Eisleben),..