Walt Whitman is often called the father of “free verse”- the kind of poetry that doesn’t incorporate consistent meter patterns or rhyme patterns.
One of the most influential American poets, Walt Whitman was born on May 31, 1819. He gave the lovers of poetry some beautiful verses by incorporating both transcendentalism (a philosophical American movement that was a protest to intellectualism and spirituality) and realism into his works.
Below is a warm collection of some of the most heart-touching poetic verses by Walt Whitman.
Quick fact: His work, Leaves of Grass, was considered extremely controversial during his time. It was described as obscene for carrying overtly sexual quotient. And although it was first published in 1855, Whitman spent a major part of his professional life writing and re-writing Leaves of Grass.