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The family, which consisted of nine children, lived in Brooklyn and Long Island in the s and s. At the age of twelve, Whitman began to learn the printer's trade, and fell in love with the written word. Largely self-taught, he read voraciously, becoming acquainted with the works of HomerDanteShakespeareand the Bible.
Whitman worked as a printer in New York City until a devastating fire in the printing district demolished the industry. Inat the age of seventeen, he began his career as teacher in the one-room school houses of Long Island.
He continued to teach untilwhen he turned to journalism as a full-time career. He founded a weekly newspaper, Long-Islander, and later edited a number of Brooklyn and New York papers.
It was in New Orleans that he experienced firsthand the viciousness of slavery in the slave markets of that city. On his return to Brooklyn in the fall ofhe founded a "free soil" newspaper, the Brooklyn Freeman, and continued to develop the unique style of poetry that later so astonished Ralph Waldo Emerson.
InWhitman took out a copyright on the first edition of Leaves of Grass, which consisted of twelve untitled poems and a preface. He published the volume himself, and sent a copy to Emerson in July of Whitman released a second edition of the book incontaining thirty-three poems, a letter from Emerson praising the first edition, and a long open letter by Whitman in response.
During his lifetime, Whitman continued to refine the volume, publishing several more editions of the book.
Noted Whitman scholar, M. Jimmie Killingsworth writes that "the 'merge,' as Whitman conceived it, is the tendency of the individual self to overcome moral, psychological, and political boundaries.
Thematically and poetically, the notion dominates the three major poems of He worked as a freelance journalist and visited the wounded at New York City—area hospitals.
He then traveled to Washington, D. Overcome by the suffering of the many wounded in Washington, Whitman decided to stay and work in the hospitals and stayed in the city for eleven years.
He took a job as a clerk for the Department of the Interior, which ended when the Secretary of the Interior, James Harlan, discovered that Whitman was the author of Leaves of Grass, which Harlan found offensive. Harlan fired the poet. Whitman struggled to support himself through most of his life.
In Washington, he lived on a clerk's salary and modest royalties, and spent any excess money, including gifts from friends, to buy supplies for the patients he nursed. He had also been sending money to his widowed mother and an invalid brother.
From time to time writers both in the states and in England sent him "purses" of money so that he could get by.Readers of Romantic poetry usually come into contact with literary criticisms about the influence of opium on its works.
Whether or not opium had a direct effect is still up for debate; however, the literary criticism that has emerged throughout the years suggests very compelling things about opium and its impact on Romantic texts.
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William Wordsworth, (born April 7, , Cockermouth, Cumberland, England—died April 23, , Rydal Mount, Westmorland), English poet whose Lyrical Ballads (), written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the English Romantic movement. Romanticism (also known as the Romantic era) was an artistic, literary, musical and intellectual movement that originated in Europe toward the end of the 18th century, and in most areas was at its peak in the approximate period from to Romanticism was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification .
William Wordsworth, (born April 7, , Cockermouth, Cumberland, England—died April 23, , Rydal Mount, Westmorland), English poet whose Lyrical Ballads (), written with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped launch the English Romantic movement..
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