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Walt Whitman

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Birthday
31, 1819
Birthplace
Long Island, NY
Death Date
Mar 26, 1892 (72)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
31, 1819
Birthplace
Long Island, NY
Death Date
Mar 26, 1892 (72)

About

American poet best known for his collections Leaves of Grass and Drum-Taps. His 1865 poem "O Captain! My Captain!" was written on the occasion of the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Before Fame

He dropped out of school at the age of eleven and, to support his family, worked as a law office assistant and a newspaper apprentice.

Trivia

His humanist works bridged the gap between the transcendentalist and realist movements.

Family Life

He never married and likely had a homosexual or bisexual orientation, although his biographers disagree on whether or not he actually had relationships with men.

Associated With

His vagabond lifestyle and exquisite free-verse poems inspired the life and works of Allen Ginsberg.