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Walter Whitman

A prominent name that would usually come up among famous poets from America is Walter Whitman who was more popular as Walt Whitman. Whitman lived from the year 1819 to 1892 when he died in the age of 72. A very famous work of Walt Whitman was entitled “Leaves of Grass” which was a compilation of poems. There are also a lot of individual poems that were taken from this collection and used in other collections, especially those poems that had civil war as the theme.

Aside from being a poet, Whitman actually had a lot of other jobs including as an editor a newspaper company called the Daily Eagle. It was not after he was laid off from his job in the Daily Eagle that he published the Leaves of Grass. Initially, Walt Whitman used his own personal money for the publishing of his work. “Leaves of Grass” was his most popular work. But it didn’t get any attention when he initially published it.

Thankfully, Whitman found another publisher that helped him a wider scope of audience. Whitman was also able to create different revisions of his work while he was still alive and was able to release other versions from the original compilation.

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