Walter Whitman was an American poet, journalist, and essay writer from Huntington, Long Island. He was born May 31, 1819. Born the second of nine children, was nicknamed "Walt" to distinguish him from his father. He began publishing poems at the age of 16. Though starting off as a teacher, he was not happy with this job, He then moved to New York to begin his publishing career. The first newspaper written by him was the Long Islander.
He was not happy with publishing, and was still determined to become a poet. This is when he wrote the Leaves of Grass. June 1855 he printed the first copy. A total of 795 copies were printed. He is also known for writing "Beat!Beat!Drums!" during the civil war, promoting the north.
-Published his first poem
-Suffered from a stroke
-Became a publisher
-Died on March 26, 1892
-Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration
Some characteristics of his work were that he used a strong emphasis on the individual self, especially the self of Whitman in particular. He also used free verse in his poetry.
-Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
-And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
-Be curious, not judgmental.