By M. Jimmie Killingsworth
Walt Whitman is likely one of the so much cutting edge and influential American poets of the 19th century. targeting his masterpiece Leaves of Grass, this booklet presents a starting place for the learn of Whitman as an experimental poet, a thorough democrat, and a historic character within the period of the yankee Civil warfare, the expansion of the good towns, and the westward enlargement of the USA. regularly a arguable and demanding determine, Whitman keeps to draw the admiration of poets, artists, critics, political activists, and readers all over the world. these learning his paintings for the 1st time will locate this a useful ebook. along shut readings of the main texts, chapters on Whitman's biography, the heritage and tradition of his time, and the severe reception of his paintings offer a accomplished realizing of Whitman and of the way he has turn into any such principal determine within the American literary canon.