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Walt Whitman

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Transcript of Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman: A True Man
Influences
William Wordsworth, Shakespeare, and George Sand.
He was an influence to:
D.H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, and Allen Ginsberg, among others.
Walt Whitman
Born: May 31, 1819
Died: March 26, 1892

Family
In 1876, Whitman received a letter from a fan who, admired and had fallen in love with his controversial and groundbreaking
Leaves of Grass
, and who wanted to reach out.
His father was a suspected alcoholic, but he idolized his mother who he credits with inspiring his poetry.
Louisa Van Velsor Whitman
Walter Whitman Sr.
Whitman altered the definition of the ideal American poet.
In 1855 he published the first edition of Leaves of Grass.
Many of his writings applaud sexual love and the beauty of the individual. He wrote about democracy as a way of life. His poetry also reflects the vigor and growth of the early United States.

Held careers as a printing apprentice, school teacher, newspaper owner (The Long Islander and Brooklyn Freeman), journalist, and a clerk for the Department of the Interior.
Lists, the human body, and incantations.
"I Sing the Body Electric" was one of the twelve poems which comprised the first edition of Leaves of Grass (1855). Like the other poems in that edition, it appeared without a title.
Not to be confused with:
Make a list of five nouns that you find appealing or remarkable that you have seen in real life and know well.
Write a free verse poem describing it top to bottom using a combination of any of the following:

Word association by--
- Meaning
- Sound
- Dissociation
- Leapfrogging
- Phrase manipulation.

"A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." -Walt Whitman
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