Friday, January 7, 2011

Poet of The Month: Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is the famous poet of the month! For the month of January, students will be studying his poetry.

Walt Whitman was born on May 13, 1819 in West Hills (Long Island), New York. He is considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets. Walt Whitman celebrated the freedom and dignity of the individual and sang the praises of democracy and the brotherhood of man. His Leaves of Grass, unconventional in both content and technique, is probably the most influential volume of poems in the history of American literature. Whitman died in 1892. Read one of his poems below.

A Farm-Picture

THROUGH the ample open door of the peaceful country barn,
A sun-lit pasture field, with cattle and horses feeding;
And haze, and vista, and the far horizon, fading away.

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