Walt Whitman (full name Walter "Walt" Whitman) was born on May 31, 1819 in Westhills, Long Island, United States. He is one of the most important Amerca's influential poets.
Biography and Career :
Born in 1819, in a family of English puritans who lived in Long Island, Walt Whitman grew up in an atmosphere of democratic radicalism.
Walt Whitman was engaged to teaching since his adolescence. He read and wrote a lot, contributing to different journalistic essays, which were later on transformed into lectures and poems.
Walt Whitman's poetry was created to represent the great American civilization. It expressed the author's deep patriotic enthusiasm and admiration for a nation that mixed up different ethnic groups. In the Preface of "Leaves of Grass", he confessed: "Here do
es not exist a simple nation, but a nation made up of many other nations. Here exists only action, tumultuous, that passes blind over details in a huge movement of the masses".
His writing were published in one volume only, "Leave of Grass" (1855). It knew repeated editions and was constantly adjusted until the 17th edition in 1881, which established the basic arrangement of Whiteman's poems.
Among other pieces of prose, he wrote a novel: "Franklin Evans, or the Inebriate" (1842), a volume of essays "Democratic Vistas" (1871) and some autobiographical notes: "Specimen Days and Collect" (1882).
He passed away in Camden, New Jersey on March 20, 1892.
- "All faults may be forgiven of him who has perfect candor."
- "A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books."
- "Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you."
- "I have learned that to be with those I like is enough."
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