Short Essay On Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman, a poet, an essayist, and a journalist, brought a huge revolution in the field of U.S. Literature. He is often called the father of free verse. He wanted to write an American epic using free verse. He usually performed love, friendship, nature, and democracy through his works. ‘Leaves of Grass’ is a major work of Walt Whitman. He is appraised as one of the greatest poets in the U.S. Whitman was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He was the second son among nine children. His parents were Louisa Van Velsor Whitman and Walter Whitman, Sr. His family loved their nation, the U.S. Even Whitman’s younger brothers were named after American heroes. The names involved George Washington Whitman, Thomas Jefferson Whitman, and Andrew Jackson Whitman. His father failed in farming, so they moved from Long Island…show more content…
First of all, he was a proponent of temperance. He seldom drank alcohol when he was young. Furthermore, he supported for prohibition. Another fact is that he was influenced by deism. He thought that all religion is equal. One of his works, ‘With Antecedents’, shows the attitude of respect for all religion. The most interesting fact is that he was homosexual or bisexual. Some of his works talked about homosexuality. This allowed his works to be more frank and uninhibited than the works of others in his generation. Walt Whitman was a representative poet who revealed a transition between transcendentalism and realism. At that time, in the 19th century, U.S. poets preferred to follow the British tendency but Walt Whitman didn’t. He reflected the U.S. society in his poems to let readers know the true value of the U.S. He was the first poet who was democratic. His major work, ‘Leaves of Grass’, was criticized with an obscene description at first but now is appreciated as an important literary work in U.S. literature. Now he is believed to be one of the most influential poets in the
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