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Though the second edition was already printed and bound, the publisher almost did not release it. During World War II, the American government distributed for free much of Whitman's poetry to their soldiers, in the belief that his celebrations of the American Way would inspire the people tasked with protecting it.

The fifty-cent pamphlet defended Whitman as a wholesome patriot, established the poet's nickname and increased his popularity.

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He was also last fully physically active in this house, receiving both Oscar Wilde and Thomas Eakins. In fact, the butterfly was made of cloth and was attached to his finger with wire. In the work supernatural presence haunts the solitary Traveller, the typical speaker of his poems: "Is there anybody there? His life's work received much needed validation in terms of recognition, especially overseas, as over the course of his career many of his contemporaries had viewed his output as prurient, distasteful and unsophisticated. No, not inherently. Whitman gave Stafford a ring, which was returned and re-given over the course of a stormy relationship lasting several years. My Captain! He remained at his brother's home until buying his own in One critic has identified three major "thematic drifts" in Leaves of Grass: the period to , from to , and from to his death. He backed what some considered radical positions on women's property rights, immigration and labor issues. Years later, he would regret not having toured the country to deliver his poetry directly by lecturing. While in Southern New Jersey , Whitman spent a good portion of his time in the then quite pastoral community of Laurel Springs , between and , converting one of the Stafford Farm buildings to his summer home. He started to work as an office boy for a Brooklyn-based attorney team and eventually found employment in the printing business. That in turn resulted in robust sales, enough so that Whitman was able to buy a modest house of his own in Camden. Present-day writers have called Manly Health and Training "quirky", [41] "so over the top", [42] "a pseudoscientific tract", [43] and "wacky".

Whitman's "seething rejection of poetry," writes Nicole Kukawski in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Reviewshould not surprise us; it is "simply part of his attack on conventionality in all respects You may be surprised to hear me say so, but there is no particular need of poetic expression.

He has expressed that civilization, 'up to date,' as he would say, and no student of the philosophy of history can do without him. Of that ring, Stafford wrote to Whitman, "You know when you put it on there was but one thing to part it from me, and that was death. An edition of the collection earned the poet some fresh newspaper coverage after a Boston district attorney objected to and blocked its publication.

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His favorite themes, childhood, death, dreams, commonplace objects and events, de la Mare examined with a touch of mystery and often with an undercurrent of melancholy. Whitman served as publisher, editor, pressman, and distributor and even provided home delivery.

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His father's increasing dependence on alcohol and conspiracy-driven politics contrasted sharply with his son's preference for a more optimistic course more in line with his mother's disposition. By his own rough estimates, Whitman made hospital visits and saw anywhere from 80, topatients.

If otherwise, all came but to ashes of dung, If maggots and rats ended us, then Alarum!

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The volume, which was presented for an international audience, attempted to present Whitman as representative of an America that accepts people of all groups. Subsequently De la Mare published many volumes of poetry for both adults and children. In he became editor of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a prominent newspaper, serving in that capacity for almost two years. His first published story, 'Kismet' , appeared in the Sketch under the pseudonym Walter Ramal. Then indeed suspicion of death. Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! How perfect the earth, and the minutest thing upon it! Some, like Oscar Wilde and Edward Carpenter , viewed Whitman both as a prophet of a utopian future and of same-sex desire — the passion of comrades. One of the best things you know is habit. But his bad investments prevented him from achieving the success he craved. Analysis[ edit ] Whitman's collection of poems in Leaves of Grass is usually interpreted according to the individual poems contained within its individual editions. You can nominate a fair number of literary works as candidates for the secular Scripture of the United States.
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