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Walt Whitman

American poet and author (1819-1892)

Walt Whitman was an American poet who championed in his works a naturalism that was shocking in its day. His best-known collection, Leaves of Grass, is considered one of the world’s major literary works. His poems celebrate the U.S. and democracy; “Oh Captain! My Captain,” about Lincoln’s death, was his most popular poem. He also wrote prose essays such as “Democratic Vistas” and a prose book, Specimen Days. Whitman was born in West Hills, Long Island, New York and grew up in Brooklyn. He spent the last years of his life in Camden, New Jersey.


 
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