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Walt Whitman's 'Song Of The Open Road'

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Author Walt Whitman, who is considered one of the Great American authors, wrote during the Romanticism thru Transcendentalism period. Particularly, in his work titled “Song of the open road” written in 1856 we can see evidence of the characteristics, themes and style identified with the Romanticism movement, which was extant in American letters between 1855 and 1865. As a representative of such movement, Walt Whitman then remains one of the most identifiable and iconic writers of his time. Walt Whitman was a successful author of the American literature. He was a poet, journalist, educator, and even worked as a nurse in the civil war. He was born on May 31, 1819 in West Hills, New York and died on March 26, 1892 in Camden, New Jersey. He was…show more content…
In 1846 he became an editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, working there a capacity of 2 years. There he proved to be a buoyant journalist, with such strong opinions that didn’t always receive the agreement of his bosses or readers. He wrote about different themes like for example, some that were considered in radical positions on women’s rights, immigration and labor issues. Not surprisingly, his job occupation has been shortened and got fired by having a bad reputation with several different newspapers. In 1848 he moved to New Orleans and stayed there for three months, there he became editor of the “Crescent”, but it was there where he saw the horrible conditions of the place; it was there were he saw the wickedness of slavery. In 1855, Whitman finally found the voice he was looking for; he found his own style and his inner voice in order to give his message out. He self-published a collection of 12 unnamed poems titled Leaves of Grass, at the time published it received a lot of hate though it was highly controversial. Right now Leaves of Grass is a landmark in the American Literature. In 1863 he moved
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