Note: citations are based on reference standards however, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study the specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. Walt whitman was one of the most influential poets of the 19th century completely self-educated, whitman read the works of homer, shakespeare and dante as a child at age 16 he became a school teacher and founded a newspaper at the age of 19. A portrait of poet walt whitman (left) seated opposite peter doyle library of congress / corbis/vcg via getty images whitman is often touted as the best and most important poet in us history, but he also worked as a teacher and a journalist. Walt whitman whitman is, in my opinion, america's most-controversial poet, but i absolutely love his work as i read it, the scenes and metaphors are so clear he reminds me of a travel minstrel with a banjo going from town to town to sing his songs.
The father of free verse, walt whitman was an american poet, essayist and journalist whose work served as a transition between transcendentalism and realism known for his bold writings, whitman produced several controversial works such as leaves of grass. Short bio walt whitman walt whitman was born in west hills, long island, us on may 31, 1819 he was the second child in a family of eleven his parents were walter whitman, a housebuilder, and louisa van velsor. Walt whitman was an american poet who wrote the groundbreaking collection 'leaves of grass' find out more about his life and career at biographycom.
More than 100 years after his death, the exuberantly gay -- in all senses of the word -- walt whitman finally has a biographer who puts the poet's homosexuality where the poet himself placed it. Walt whitman is considered one of the greatest poets in the english language his most known works are from his epic collection of poetry leaves of grass which was first published in 1855 and was republished several times over the next four decades. Walt whitman an american poet, whose work boldly asserts the worth of the individual and the oneness of all humanity walt whitmans defiant break with traditional poetic concerns and style exerted a major influence on american thought and literature. Biography of walt whitman - early life walter whitman, jr was born in new york on may 31, 1819, the second of nine children the family was poor, and whitman described his childhood as unhappy because of their economic problems.
Walt whitman into an american working-class farming family in the early nineteenth century when whitman was four, his father moved the family to brooklyn, new york during whitman’s childhood, new york city was still developing into a major urban center, and much of his work alludes to the. Walt whitman biography read biographical information including facts, poetic works, awards, and the life story and history of walt whitman this short biogrpahy feature on walt whitman will help you learn about one of the best famous poet poets of all-time. The homosexual themes displayed in walt whitman’s works, especially in his most famous collection of poems leaves of grass, raise the question of his own sexuality many of his poems depicted affection and sexuality in a simple, personal manner, causing nineteenth century americans to view them as pornographic and obscene. Hughes, who claimed paul lawrence dunbar, carl sandburg, and walt whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in america from the twenties through the sixties. Whitman's boss at the department of the interior fires him because of the supposedly obscene content of leaves of grass, which whitman works on during his downtime at the office he immediately gets another job at the us attorney general's office.
Walt whitman was born into a family that settled in north america in the first half of the 17th century his ancestry was typical of the region: his mother, louisa van velsor, was dutch, and his father, walter whitman, was of english descent they were farm people with little formal education the. Walt whitman was a poet born right here in this very town, huntington, new york his house is now a museum that sits across the street from the walt whitman mall. Island on m ay 31, 1819 he was born in a working-class family and he was named after his father his father was a carpenter and farmer wa lt whitman, sr, was a liberal thinker and he admired thomas paine by the time walt turned four, their family moved to the growing city of brooklyn. Walt whitman was born may 31, 1819, in the village of west hills, long island, new york, approximately 50 miles east of new york city he was the second of eight children whitman’s father was of english descent, and his mother’s family, the van velsors, were dutch.
The life of walt whitman: an exploration in the poet's spirituality and works - many a student has decried various types of poetry for its form and structure while enjoying the free verse works of poets such as t s elliot and robert frost. Whitman's most famous work was a collection of poems, “leaves of grass,” which he paid to have published multiple times throughout his life considered by many to be the quintessential american poet, walt whitman challenged the ideals of american culture and inspired others to do the same.
Introduction walt whitman (1819–1892) was born on long island near west hills, new york and spent his first few years on his family’s farm before moving to the rapidly developing urban area of brooklyn, where he attended public school until he was eleven, when he quit to apprentice himself to the printing trade. Get this from a library walt whitman : a biography [milton meltzer] -- a biography of the nineteenth-century poet, which presents his life in the context of his times, and includes samples of his writing. Walt whitman: biography & poet walt whitman, a famous american poet, was born on may 31, 1819 in the west hills of long island, new york his mother’s name was loisia van velsor, of dutch descent, and amazingly could not read very well, if at all.