Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He is considered one of the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection 'Leaves of Grass', which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality. Whitman's work is an important part of American literature for its exploration of democracy, nature, love, and friendship.


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  1. 1. Leaves of Grass

    "Leaves of Grass" is a collection of poetry that celebrates the human form and condition, while also exploring themes of democracy, nature, love, and friendship. The book, known for its departure from traditional poetic form, features a free verse style and the use of everyday language. The poet presents himself as both an individual and a universal figure, representing the collective American experience and identity. The collection is also notable for its controversial content at the time of its publication, including candid depictions of sexuality.

  2. 2. The Poems of Walt Whitman

    This collection of poems showcases the work of one of America's most influential and innovative poets. The book features a diverse range of themes, from nature and love to death and the human spirit, reflecting the author's unique and groundbreaking use of free verse. The poet's celebration of democracy, his love for America, and his belief in the fundamental equality of all people are also strongly evident throughout the collection.

  3. 3. Democratic Vistas

    This book is a comprehensive exploration of American democracy from a philosophical perspective. The author argues that while the United States has made significant progress in establishing a democratic society, it still has a long way to go. He emphasizes the importance of individualism and spiritual development in achieving a truly democratic society, and critiques the materialism and corruption he sees in American culture. The book also discusses the role of literature and poetry in shaping and reflecting the nation's democratic ideals.

  4. 4. The Complete Poems Of Walt Whitman

    This collection encompasses the full breadth of an iconic American poet's work, known for his pioneering free verse style and celebration of democracy, nature, love, and friendship. It includes his seminal work, a tribute to the human spirit and the diversity of American life, alongside other pieces that range from the deeply personal to the universal, reflecting on the Civil War, human mortality, and the transcendence of the self. The poet's distinctive voice champions individualism and a break from traditional poetic form, capturing the dynamic growth and complexities of the United States during the 19th century.

  5. 5. Specimen Days

    "Specimen Days" is a collection of prose that intertwines the author's personal reflections, diary entries, and essays, offering a window into his experiences and observations throughout different periods of his life. The work captures the transformation of America during the 19th century, including the Civil War and the industrial revolution, through the eyes of the author. His vivid descriptions of nature, the evolving urban landscapes, and the impact of societal changes on the human spirit, are all interlaced with his philosophical musings and poetic sensibility. The book serves as a testament to the author's profound connection with the world around him and his relentless pursuit of truth and beauty in the everyday.