Walt Whitman Research Paper

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Walt Whitman was one of the greatest poets in American literature. In his works he celebrated the freedom of the individual and the spirit of American democracy. He exalted the common man, the immigrant, the laborer, and the pioneer, he made the occupations of everyday life a subject of native American poetry. His truly original work , Leaves of Grass, was a landmark in both content and style.
The book was barely noticed by the critics in his time, but the philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson sent the poet an enthusiastic letter in which he hailed him “at the beginning of a great career.” Whitman's frank language and his celebration of the body, as well as of the spirit, shocked his contemporaries and he was denounced by some as indecent.

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