A True Poet By Walt Whitman

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A true poet takes his imagination and molds it into a flowing story for others to read and enjoy. They put their whole selves into their work, leaving no emotion or feeling unsaid. Today, poems are written for fun or to entertain an audience, but in the nineteenth century, poets made their literature their sole focus and syntax and diction were as natural as breathing and eating. Poets stood by their work and praised it as if it was all they lived for. Throughout the years, these poets have become harder and harder to find, but their legacies will linger with us for many years to come. Walt Whitman can be seen as a perfect example of a poet who was determined, passionate, and stood by his work, regardless of the criticism. Walt Whitman is…show more content…
In 1835, when Whitman turned sixteen, he was a compositor, a person who arranges type for printing or keys texts into a composing machine. He then moved to Washington, but despite all his hard work and dedication, the Panic of 1837 struck and Whitman was forced to live off the salary of a store clerk. In addition, Whitman’s brother, George, enlisted in the army and became First Lieutenant. After a short time in service, George was reported as wounded near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Frightened by the report, Whitman rushed to Virginia to find that his brother’s wound to be superficial. Walt Whitman returned home in June 1848, but his political beliefs against the extension of slavery made him turn to carpentry. Sadly, Whitman’s father died in 1855, and at the time Whitman was forty-one years old. In the year 1861, the Civil War was approaching and Walt Whitman began a new career with poetry and new themes. With a newfound passion and love for literature, Whitman had finally found a job that suited his personality. Walt Whitman’s poems are far from ordinary in the sense that they do not include a metrical pattern or rhyme and his language went along with his themes of democracy and self-hood. “The lines are broken, like verse, but are not really verse. No metre, no rhyme, no stanzas. Nothing but rhythmic prose, long rhythmic lines. At first glance rough, clumsy, without form; but still, for the Fenton 3 sensitive ear, they

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