The walt whitman archive the walt whitman archive is a comprehensive resource about whitman's life and work, co-directed by dr ed folsom and dr kenneth m price whitman has been one of the most influential writers in american history. In his poetry walt whitman set out to encompass all of america and in so doing heal its deepening divisions this magisterial biography demonstrates the epic scale of his achievement, as well as the dreams and anxieties that impelled it, for it places the poet securely within the political and. 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, coming to be recognized as a national figure.
Walt whitman, the biography, begins, not at birth, but when the american poet bought his first house on mickle street in new jersey in 1884 at the age of 65 he bought the home after living inharmoniously with his brother george for 11 years, and 29 years after the publication of his book of poems leaves of grass (due to a sudden surge in sales. Walter whitman was an american poet, journalist and humanist the poet is mainly known for his approach to transcendentalism and realism and mastery in free verses, which would mirror in his works among his most famous works, is his poetry collection leaves of grass, which was also his first significant work as a poet. Walt whitman the father of free verse, walt whitman was an american poet, essayist and journalist whose work served as a transition between transcendentalism and realism known for his bold writings, whitman produced several controversial works such as leaves of grass. Walt whitman's america a cultural biography by david s reynolds illustrated 671 pages alfred a knopf $35 late in his life walt whitman affirmed his belief in the relevance of history to art.
A good critical biography, the first one to connect the poet's life to his work comprehensive, if not exceptionally penetrating, it provides a sound overview of whitman's life and his range. Walter walt whitman (/ ˈ hw ɪ t m ə n / may 31, 1819 - march 26, 1892) was an american poet, essayist, and journalista humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Examine the life, times, and work of walt whitman through detailed author biographies on enotes. Walt whitman biography walt whitman (1819 - 1892) 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 was an american poet and writer often referred to as the father of free verse for his controversial writing he was born walter whitman on may 31 st , 1819 in west hills, huntington, long island to walter and louisa whitman. In 1920, van wyck brooks wrote that whitman was the focal center of american creative experience and literary expression the poet combined within him elements of native realism and of new england philosophy which made him a truly national spiritual synthesis. Walt whitman walt whitman was a groundbreaking american poet and journalist who wrote in the second half of the nineteenth century whitman was born on may 31, 1819 to a large, working-class family. Walt whitman was one of the most significant writers of the 19th century, and is considered by many to have been america's greatest poethis book leaves of grass, which he edited and expanded through successive editions, is a masterpiece of american literature.
Walt whitman biography walt whitman (1819 - 1892) american poet who bridged the transcendentalist poets with the more realistic style of the twentieth century. Walt whitman has been called one of the five greatest american poets — along with hart crane, emily dickinson, robert frost, and wallace stevens — or oftentimes, simply the best among those writers he had an influence on were future novelist bram stoker of the dracula genre and poet allen ginsberg , who penned howl. O'connor went on for nearly fifty pages, excoriating harlan and sanctifying whitman, offering a ringing endorsement of the poet's work and his life, emphasizing his hospital work and his love of country, and locating any indecency in harlan's horrible inanity of prudery, not in the poetry itself. Walt whitman (walter whitman), 1819-92, american poet, b west hills, ny considered by many to be the greatest of all american poets, walt whitman celebrated the freedom and dignity of the individual and sang the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man. Leaves of grass walt whitman leaves of grass has been considered by many critics to be the first and best example of american poetry, and whitman to have been the first major american poet.
For those who have seriously studied his work, the general consensus of opinion is that walt whitman was a great american poet and in fact, is considered the first great poet of america however, to many in this great nation, instead of singing the body electric, whitman's poetry demeans and degrades the human spirit. Walt whitman (1819 - 1892) walt whitman was a poet, essayist, and journalist who transformed poetry around the world with his disregard for traditional rhyme and meter and his celebration of democracy and sensual pleasure. Emily dickinson - poet - born in 1830 in massachusetts, emily dickinson is considered, along with walt whitman, the founder of a uniquely american poetic voice born in 1830 in massachusetts, emily dickinson is considered, along with walt whitman, the founder of a uniquely american poetic voice. Whitman's self-understanding as a prophet and founder of a new american religion was already being developed when he came upon ralph waldo emerson, but emerson's definition of the poet as a.
About the book walt whitman: the song of himself is the first full-length critical biography of walt whitman in more than forty years jerome loving makes use of recently unearthed archival evidence and newspaper writings to present the most accurate, complete, and complex portrait of the poet to date. Walter walt 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.
Today marks the 198th anniversary of walt whitman's birth we look at some colorful facts about the poet's life and work whitman was known to be a fiery editor who got fired often as a. Biography in 1984, or reynolds's cultural embellishment of the life in 1995 this is not to say that these biographies have not filled important voids in our appreciation of the poet or presented whitman in a fresh light. Walt whitman: poet for a new age explores whitman and democracy, mystical truths, mortality, primacy of the personality and love, encyclopaedia britannica educational corporation, 1971, thirty minutes, color (award winning program) walt whitman: the centennial presents a discussion of whitman's life and work by milton kessler, streetlight. A short bio of walt whitman walter walt whitman (may 31, 1819 - march 26, 1892) was born in long island, new york and is regarded as a american poet, essayist and journalist his core specialty lies in poetry and is regarded as one of the chieftains in american poetic cult and father of free verse.