Walt Whitman

Bethany Thorn, Harley Davis, Alex Shepherd

Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819, in West Hills, Long Island, New York. He had seven brothers and sisters. When Walt turned 17, he began his teaching career. He taught for five years and then in 1841 turned his career to journalism. He started a weekly paper called The Long-Islander. He later moved to New York and continued his newspaper career by becoming editor of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. He then moved to New Orleans for only three months in 1848 to become the editor of the Crescent. After his three months in New Orleans, he moved back to New York to start his own paper called the Brooklyn Freeman.

Over the next seven years, Whitman's own anger rose about slavery. This was when he turned to a notebook, writing down all of his observations and searching for a poetic voice that he could use to bind together the problems that he thought were plaguing the country. This is what brought about his career in poetry. He died on March 26, 1892, in Camden New Jersey.

Walt Whitman wrote Romanticism poetry. He decided to go apart from regular pentameter and used free and blank verses. Whitman used various literature devices such as metaphors, characterization, irony, and repetition. He was an American poet, journalist, essayist, and humanist. Walt Whitman is known to have written 280 poems, his poems were odes to America, people, places, workers, and a lot more. Some of Walt's most famous poems are; "O Captain! My Captain!", "I Hear America Singing", " O Me! O Life!", " A Clear Midnight", and "Interior". These are his most famous poems because many of them talk about his love and pride for America.

The meaning of the poem, "Oh Me, Oh Life!", is that there is a meaning to life. Everyone has their ups and downs, good and bad days, and crappy weeks. But as long as they push through the negative things, they will make something great of themselves. In the poem it says, "That you are here- that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse."

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