Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walter “Walt” Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and humanist; his most well-known work is Leaves of Grass. His work formed the basis for the emerging American literature; instead of following poetical convention, he wrote in freestyle verse, sharing his philosophical views. Whitman became the most famous exponent of Transendentalism.

  • Nationality: American
  • Birth Date: 31 May 1819
  • Death Date: 26 Mar 1892
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Individual Passages

Orange Buds by Mail from Florida
The author imagines the many miles his orange buds have traveled to go from the Florida sun to snow covered New Jersey.
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
The speaker reacts to hearing the facts and figures of astronomy by escaping to view the night sky alone.