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Book Title: Earth, My Likeness: Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman|
The author of the book: Walt Whitman
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.12 MB
Edition: Heron Dance Press
Date of issue: April 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781933937021
Read full description of the books Earth, My Likeness: Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman:Walt Whitman was a wild soul. His poetry expresses an earthy sensuality that was out of sync with the expanding industrialization all around him. His love of wild nature and the sensual experiences of life are felt in his every poem. This carefully selected collection, alongside the beauty of Roderick MacIver's watercolor art, creates a grand tribute to this sensitive soul.
Read information about the authorWalter Whitman was an American poet, essayist, journalist, and 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.
Born on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War in addition to publishing his poetry. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842).
After working as clerk, teacher, journalist and laborer, Whitman wrote his masterpiece, Leaves of Grass, pioneering free verse poetry in a humanistic celebration of humanity, in 1855. Emerson, whom Whitman revered, said of Leaves of Grass that it held "incomparable things incomparably said." During the Civil War, Whitman worked as an army nurse, later writing Drum Taps (1865) and Memoranda During the War (1867). His health compromised by the experience, he was given work at the Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. After a stroke in 1873, which left him partially paralyzed, Whitman lived his next 20 years with his brother, writing mainly prose, such as Democratic Vistas (1870). Leaves of Grass was published in nine editions, with Whitman elaborating on it in each successive edition. In 1881, the book had the compliment of being banned by the commonwealth of Massachusetts on charges of immorality. A good friend of Robert Ingersoll, Whitman was at most a Deist who scorned religion. D. 1892.
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