Walt Whitman

Born 31 May 1819. Died 26 March 1892
Walt Whitman
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1819-05-31
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Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman Biography (Wikipedia)

Walter Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

Born in Huntington on Long Island, Whitman worked as a journalist, a teacher, a government clerk, and—in addition to publishing his poetry—was a volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Early in his career, he also produced a temperance novel, Franklin Evans (1842). Whitman's major work, Leaves of Grass, was first published in 1855 with his own money. The work was an attempt at reaching out to the common person with an American epic. He continued expanding and revising it until his death in 1892. After a stroke towards the end of his life, he moved to Camden, New Jersey, where his health further declined. When he died at age 72, his funeral became a public spectacle.

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Vagn Holmboe
A Song at Sunset, Op 138b
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A Song at Sunset, Op 138b

A Song at Sunset, Op 138b

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Camerata Chamber Choir
Kurt (Julian) Weill, Walt Whitman, Simon Keenlyside & Malcolm Martineau
Dirge for Two Veterans
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Dirge for Two Veterans

Dirge for Two Veterans

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Kurt (Julian) Weill
Ned Rorem
Full of life now
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Full of life now
Ned Rorem
That shadow my likeness
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That shadow my likeness
Ned Rorem
Are you the new person?
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Are you the new person?
Ned Rorem
O You Whom I Often And Silently Come
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O You Whom I Often And Silently Come
Ralph Vaughan Williams
A Sea symphony for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Symphony no.1)
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A Sea symphony for soloists, chorus and orchestra (Symphony no.1)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Toward the unknown region
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Toward the unknown region
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