Entity | Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman
Walter Whitman (/ˈhwɪtmən/; May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was controversial in its time, particularly his 1855 poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sensuality. Whitman's own life came under scrutiny for his homosexuality. Born in Huntington on Long Island, as a child and through much of his career he resided in Brooklyn. At age 11, he left formal schooling to go to work. Later, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, and a government clerk. Whitman's major poetry collection, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money and became well known. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. During the American Civil War, he went to Washington, D.C. and worked in hospitals caring for the wounded. His poetry often focused on both loss and healing. On the death of Abraham Lincoln, whom Whitman greatly admired, he wrote his well known poems, "O Captain! My Captain!" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd", and gave a series of lectures. After a stroke towards the end of his life, Whitman moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral was a public event.
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Born: 1819, West Hills
Died: 1892, Camden

Alternate Names: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892, Уитмен, Уолт, 1819-1892, Whitman, Walter, 1819-1892, Uitmen, Uolt, 1819-1892, Waltvitmen, 1819-1892, Ouïtman, Ouōlt , 1819-1892, Uitman, Uollt, 1819-1892, Huiteman, 1819-1892, Vhitmanis, Valters, 1819-1892, Vālṭviṭman̲, 1819-1892, Viṭman̲, Vālṭ , 1819-1892, Viṭman̲, Vālṭ, 1819-1892, Vitmen, Volt, 1819-1892, ויטמן, וולט, 1819-1892, ホイットマン ウォルト 1819-1892, Ouïtman, Ouōlt, 1819-1892, Uitmen, Uot, 1819-1892, Uitman, Uolʹt, 1819-1892, Witʻŭmŏn, 1819-1892, װיטמאן, װאלט, Witumon, 1819-1892, ويتمن, والت, Ṿiṭman, Ṿolṭ, 1819-1892, Vālṭviṭman̲, 1819-1892, Uitman, Uol't, 1819-1892, 惠特曼, 华尔特, 1819-1892, Witʻŭmŏn, 1819-1892, 惠特曼, 沃尔特, 1819-1892, Vālṭ Viṭman̲ 1819-1892, Ṿiṭman, Ṿolṭ, 1819-1892, װיטמאן, װאלט, 1819-1892, ויטמן, וולט, Veeitman, 1819-1892, Vālṭ Viṭman̲, 1819-1892, Walter Whitman
Occupation(s): essayist, novelist, publisher, school teacher, journalist, nurse, printer, carpenter, poet, writer, Poets, Poets, American, Authors, Collector
Employer(s): Brooklyn Times-Union, Brooklyn Eagle
Associated Place(s): United States, New Jersey--Camden, Colorado, Great Plains, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |v Maps, Washington (D.C.), West (U.S.), Long Island (N.Y.), Camden (N.J.), New England, New York (State)--New York, Huntington (N.Y.), Detroit (Mich.), New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.), American), Flatbush (New York, N.Y.), New Utrecht (New York, N.Y.) |x History, Michigan--Detroit, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

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