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Alex Perez Perez 1In the twentieth century the name Walt Whitman has been synonymous with poetry Whitmans most celebrated work Leaves of Grass was the only book he ever wrote and he took a lifetime to write it A large assortment of poems it is one of the most widely criticized works in literature and one of the most loved works as well Whitman was unmarried and childless and it has been noted that Leaves of Grass consumed him greatly James E Miller Jr writeshe guided his poetic offspring through an uncertain hesitant childhood a lusty young manhood and a serene old ageit is difficult to write the life of Whitman without writing instead of the life and times of his bookWhitman was the kind of parent who lives his life through his child Miller 15The poetic offspring that Miller writes of is of course Leaves of GrassWhitman poured his soul into the work as he questioned himself and observed his demeanor through his writing He fathered the tome as after its initial publishing Whitman went on to release revision after revision as time progressed Miller goes on to reflect on Whitmans methods as he tells the reader of Whitmans curiosity towards life particularly curious about his own meaning in the world in which he livedLike any individual of depth and complexity Whitman was continuously curious about who he washe had a lusty enthusiasm a hearty relish for life lived at all times to its fullest intensity Miller 17The life Whitman lived to its fullest intensity started in West Hills Long Island May 31 1819 He was one of
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