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Walt Whitman and his Themes of Life Throughout society publishers can make or brake a writers career When a writer must publish his own work many times his work becomes shelved in his own home for the dinner guests to see In Some cases as this one you have a writer who publishes his own work and later becomes one of Americas most honored poets and his work hailed as a masterpiece of American literature Walt whitman pioneered a vision of humanity based on egalitarian democratic ideals and unveiled an ambitious poetic voice designed to serve as the embodiment of America through Leaves of Grass In his most highly regarded poem Song of Myself Whitman states You shall no longer take things at second or third hand nor look through the eyes of the dead nor feed on the spectres in books You shall not look through my eyes either nor take things from me You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self Whitman 28 This is everlasting and reflects his personal outlooks Walt Whitman has a lot to contribute to his writings This information is focused on his personal history of his childhood adulthood and the text behind one of his many themes friendship As the second of nine children Whitman was born in West Hills Long Island on May 31 1819 He grew up in Brooklyn and went to public schools there for six years By the age of eleven Whitman was done with formal education and he began his life after school as a laborer working first as an office boy for a law office Here his self-education began absorbing what he could at the library In 1831 Whitman became an apprentice on the Long Island Patriot a liberal working class newspaper where he learned the printing trade and was first exposed to excitement of putting words into print observing how thought and event could be quickly transformed
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