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Walt Whitman was a genius and was recognized as one of Americas greatest poets Classon 18-20 Walt Whitman a man of many wise words was criticized for his poetry about his like and beliefs It took him thirty years to write his only book Leaves of Grass He was a teacher of life and morals that just wanted someone to listen Walt Whitman was thoroughly familiar with the King James Bible He believed that everyone is born equal under God For every atom belonging to me as gook belongs to youWhitman 167 He believed in equality and proved it in his writing Of Equality-an if it harmed me giving others the same chances and rights as myself-as if it were indispensable to my own rights that possess the sameWhitman 225 He also wrote about justice Of Justice- as if justice could be anything but the same ample law expounded be natural judges and savior as if it might be this thing or that thing according to decisionsWhitman 224 He believed in many things but more importantly is he stood up for what he believed Walt Whitman wrote free-verse style that had regular rhyme This was unheard of in his time Whitman wrote about common people and their everyday experiences He used foreign languages street slang science the Bible carpenter slag and opera Classon 18-20 Whitman thought everything was a miracle from God He never took anything for granted To me every hour of light and dark is a miracle Every cubic inch of space is a miracle Whitman 305-6 Whitman was criticized for his poetry because it was different People didnt appreciate it until much later A separate not linked with the rest nor by the intellect But you ye untold latencies will thrill to every page Whitman19 After a century of strangely contradictory abuse and worship Leaves of Grass a book that took Whitman thirty years to
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