American society has been drastically shaped through the strong beliefs of its poets, journalists

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American society has been drastically shaped through the strong beliefs of its poets, journalists and all around writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Gisnsberg, William S Burroughs and many more. Although each and every one of these writers are brilliant individuals, it is undeniable that they were highly influenced by the great Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was a bright American individual who consistently crossed the conservative boundaries with his excellent writing skills. Walter “Walt” was an American poet, essayist and journalist. He was a big part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism and both of his views were apparent in his works. Walt Whitman's work was very controversial for his time period, especially his…show more content…
Walt Whitman is the first generation of Americans who were born in the newly formed United States and grew up in the stable existence of the new country. Pride was apparent throughout the newly formed nation, and it definitely showed within his family. “Walt Sr.-after giving his first son Jesse(1818-1870) his own father's name, his second son his own name, his daughter Mary(1823-1899) the name of Walt's maternal great grandmothers, and his daughter Hannah(1823-1908) the names of his own mother-turned to the heroes of the Revolution and the War of 1812 for the names of his other three sons: Andre Jackson Whitman(1827-1863), George Washington Whitman(1829-1901), and Thomas Jefferson Whitman(1833-1890).”(Price) The only child who was not tied to the family crest nor the country's history was the youngest son, Edward. Unfortunately Edward was physically and mentally handicapped. Walt's traditional educational journey proved to not be as impactful as some might have thought. “In Whitman's school, all the students were in the same room, except African Americans, who had to attend a separate class on the top floor. Whitman had little to say about his rudimentary formal schooling, except that he hated corporal punishment, a common practice in schools and one that he would
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