WHO IS WALT?
Walt Whitman was a American poet and writer often referred to as the father of free verse for his controversial writing. He was born May 31, 1819 in West Hills, Huntington, Long Island to Walter and Louisa Whitman. He had 8 brothers and sisters and was the second child born. Walt's family moved to Brooklyn when he was four years old, and when he was 11 years old, Walt's formal education ended. Walt became a teacher and then started his own newspaper. He sold it and continued to work at various newspapers and began writing and publishing his controversial poetry.
EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF WALT:
In a four year period he was fired from seven different newspapers. Walt Whitman's work often included the topics of death and sexuality. Although often referred to as the father of free verse he was not the inventor of that type of prose. Walt Whitman referred to himself as the 'American Bard at Last'. In literature bard means great poet. Shakespeare was English Literature's bard. In 1848 Walt Whitman witnessed slavery first hand and returned to Brooklyn where he started a newspaper called the Brooklyn Freeman. In 1855 Walt Whitman self-published a collection of unnamed poems which he titled Leaves of Grass. He printed 795 copies. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote Walt Whitman a letter after reading Leaves of Grass, praising his work. In the letter he wrote, "The most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom" written by an American. Walt Whitman republished a revised edition of Leaves of Grass a year later. He included Ralph Waldo Emerson's letter in the revised edition. A publisher in Boston published a third edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass in 1860. The Civil War soon started and the publisher closed down. Walt Whitman moved to Washington D.C. and worked for the paymaster and volunteered with wounded soldiers. He published a collection of poetry titled Drum-Taps, based upon his knowledge of the soldiers' experiences in the Civil War.
QUOTES BY WALT:
- "I celebrate myself, and sing myself." ~Walt Whitman
- "I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best." ~Walt Whitman
- "And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero." ~Walt Whitman
WHERE IS WALT?
- Walt Whitman died on March 26th, 1892.
WHAT DID WALT DO BEFORE THE STATEMENT ABOVE?
- Whitman had to leave school when he was 11 and was largely self-taught.
- He found the newspapers Long Islander and Brooklyn Weekly Freeman.
- Whitman was a radical editor due to which he had to switch newspapers often.
- Whitman worked as a nurse during the American Civil War.
- He was most probably homosexual or bisexual. (AND I'LL JUST END THIS HERE)