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Book Title: Poems by Walt Whitman|
The author of the book: Walt Whitman
Edition: Hardpress Publishing
Date of issue: January 29th 2010
ISBN 13: 9781407648422
Format files: PDF
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I am not certain whether what I read was "Poems" by Walt Whitman or "A conversation through centuries: How to communicate with a deceased poet"
This is the one book that I would describe as a journey. As I opened it, I was no longer in my room or in the car. I was in an old house, sitting by the fireplace and listening to the ramblings of someone who could have just as well been my grandfather. He was that kind of person who could talk forever. And I wanted him to. But nothing lasts forever and as soon as this poet said his last words, I was back in my room.
How could it all end so soon? It seemed like only minutes ago I had felt his words fueling me with poetry.
To be fair, I don't think he's gone, or that he'll ever be gone.
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Read information about the authorWalter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist. He was a part of the transition between Transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842).
After working as clerk, teacher, journalist and laborer, Whitman wrote his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, pioneering free verse poetry in a humanistic celebration of humanity, in 1855. Emerson, whom Whitman revered, said of Leaves of Grass that it held "incomparable things incomparably said." During the Civil War, Whitman worked as an army nurse, later writing Drum Taps (1865) and Memoranda During the War (1867). His health compromised by the experience, he was given work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. After a stroke in 1873, which left him partially paralyzed, Whitman lived his next 20 years with his brother, writing mainly prose, such as Democratic Vistas (1870). Leaves of Grass was published in nine editions, with Whitman elaborating on it in each successive edition. In 1881, the book had the compliment of being banned by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on charges of immorality. A good friend of Robert Ingersoll, Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. D. 1892.
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