Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman (1819-1892) is generally considered to be the most important American poet of the 19th century. He wrote in free verse, relying heavily on the rhythms of native American speech.

In all, over a 37-year period, Walt Whitman published nine separate editions of his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. The final, 1892 edition, is the one familiar to readers today. He has strongly influenced the direction of 20th-century American poets, especially Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Carl Sandburg, and, most recently, Allen Ginsberg and other "beat" poets.

Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Huntington town, Long Island, the second of nine children. His family soon moved to Brooklyn, where he attended school for a few years....

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  • Born

    • May 31, 1819
  • Died

    • March 26, 1892
  • Occupation

    Poet
  • Other Occupations

    • Civil servant;
    • Editor;
    • Essayist;
    • Journalist;
    • Novelist;
    • Printer;
    • Short story writer;
    • Writer
  • Nationality

    American
  • Other Names

    • Whitman, Walter
  • Gender

    Male

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