Walt Whitman has been a subject of libertarian and rigorous poetic style for more than 100 years. But, apparently, no one seems to have completely discovered him. In the American canon, Walt Whitman is considered the most influential poet. His work reflected to be controversial in that era, specifically his collection “Leaves of Grass” which was referred to as obscene due to its overt sensuality. However, he was not the only canonical poet whose work is greatly bolstered by distinctive new discoveries. Some of the aspects have been uncovered about Whitman over the course of time.
We all refer to Whitman as an urbanite; the Brooklynite and the New Yorker. But, at heart, he was a farm boy. As a young boy, he went to Brooklyn, where he started working as a journalist and editor of a newspaper. His first poem was published when he was only 20 years old. However, for the most of his life, Whitman was an anonymous migrant, trying to make ends meet.
The movements of Whitman during the time of the Civil War have been explicitly documented. Whitman initially relocated to Washington and visited almost 600 hospitals to praise thousands of soldiers. Adding to that, he developed personal relationships with many of them and went on to reawaken the spirit of liberty. As a libertarian poet, he always sought to effectively maximize autonomy, freedom of choice as well as individualism. The post years of war brought Walt Whitman fame and companionship along with the basics for his posthumous legacy.
Future-founding poetry is mainly aimed to determine and perform a beginning that is linked to a combined imagination of present as well as future. It is identified as poetry that is related to the beginning, but at the same time marks a certain distinction. Therefore, Walt Whitman is considered as the discoverer of a continuum of specifically styled poetry in American literature followed by William Carlos, Allen Ginsberg, and Langston Hughes.
His “Leaves of Green” presented fresh content as the critics have decried him for being a deferral writer for himself as well as for American society. Whitman as a father of libertarian poetry reached great aesthetic lengths to make sure his poetry spoke to every reader in each new generation. His school of thought gives him an edge to never look outdated.
Poet of Enduring Fascination
Whitman is always believed to be a poet of enduring fascination as he was a gifted spinner of various tones and pioneer of language forms. Due to the radically democratic as well as highly egalitarian elements of his poetry, Walt Whitman has been recognized as the literary hero that transcended the great racist pressures during the nineteenth century. His style of writing has been an example for democratic poets of the country and races.
He is celebrated as the writer of the common man. He was the one who completely transformed the commonly accepted perception of poets. In fact, Whitman was actually the first poet to advocate that poets could also be viewed as the sign of liberty and freedom. His influential style of writing remains strong as you cannot understand American without his “Leaves of Green”. Most of the modernist libertarian poets even go on to remark that “He is America”.