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"America's World poet"
about Whitman's life
Whitman was influenced greatly by the writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson
He was a part of the transcendentalism movement, a time of philosophy and idealism
He strayed from the classic works and wrote about topics that others were afarid of
Much like his different thoughts, he wrote his poems differently, becoming the "Father of FreeVerse"
He spent his life writing "Leaves of Grass", a collection of poems
These poems revealed his exotic thoughts through sexuality
Emerson praised it calling it an "extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom"
This helped attract attention some but most people saw it as peromiscuous
Whitman in the Civil War
Whitman actively served as a nurse in makeshift hospitals in DC
"help cheer and change a little the monotony of their sickness"
known to scribble in makeshift notebooks at the hospitals
Wrote "Drum Taps" which was a thorough psychological exam of the war
After Lincoln's assassination, he wrote a collection of elegies as a sequel
no fixed meter
rhyme scheme aabb dcdc
juxtaposition with opening couplet & following lines
repetition with "captain" and "heart"