Walt Whitman

1829-1892 westhills, Long Island

Walt Whitman was born in westhills, Long Island, May 31,1829, in a farm-house overlooking the sea. while yet a child his parents moved to Brooklyn, where he acquired his education. Ay thirty he traveled through the Western States, and spent one year in New Orleans editing a newspaper. During the war of the Rebellion he spent most of his time in the hospitals and camps, in the relief of the sick and disabled soldiers.

In 1856 he published a volume entitled "Leaves of Grass."His labors among the sick and wounded necessarily made great impressions; these took form in his mind and were published under the title of "Drum Taps." His poems lack much of the standard of recognized poetic measure. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the America, often called the father of free verse.

STRANGER! if you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you
not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

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