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Walter Whitman Jr was born on May 31 1819 at Long Island New York to poor obscure parents of English Dutch and Welsh descent-- the second son in a family of nine children The first of his work was called Leaves of Grass at 1855 It represents him as such in shirt and trousers with one hand on his hip and the other in his pocket 7 137 Leaves of Grass is Whitmans own means of freeing himself from the outward and understandable world of precipitating himself into the mood of ecstasy 7 164 About eight hundred copies of Leaves of Grass were printed Very few were sold Dr Bucke Whitmans first biographer replies Whitman can in the Leaves of Grass identify the traces of Whitmans first remarkable mystic experience 7 144 The readers of Leaves of Grass discovered that there was twelve untitled poems and a preface explaining the poets view of poetry and its purpose Whitman has made an impact Walt Whitman also understands how the past continues to exist it exists in the present and comes into living form only when some individual man is willing to challenge it Whitmans poetry has delicacy of music of diction and of form 8 88 Whitman quotes Soul sympathizes with soul And that which tries to kill my soul my soul hates My soul and body are one Soul and body wish to keep clean and whole 8 22 His message about himself is that he is the master of his fate He is the captain of his soul Whitmans essential message was the open road Now Whitman wanted his soul to save itself he didnt want to save it It is a narrow tight way where the soul walks hemmed in between compulsions 8 20 His heroic message is the soul is not to pile up defenses round herself She is to go down the open road as the road opens into
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