Five Interesting Facts about Walt Whitman
Walter Whitman, commonly known as ‘Walt Whitman‘, was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. He was born on 31st May in 1819 and died on 26th March 1892. Whitman is among the most famous poets of America and is often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in those times especially in the case of “Leaves of Grass”, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
Here, we are going to discuss 5 interesting facts about Walt Whitman, which are also less known to the people of America.
Fact – 1: Left school and started working at the age of 11
Fact – 2: Was a volunteer nurse during the Civil War
Over the years, poets and critics have debated over the possibility that there might have been Thomas Eakins’ painting of Walt Whitman in the nude pose. This Thomas Eakins’ multiple photographs were published for the first time where it is labeled as “old man”. It should come as no shock that Whitman would pose nude. He often swam naked. In the 1870s and 1880s, Whitman was known to visit with friends while being completely nude. In Whitman’s word “Nature was naked and I was also”.
Fact – 5: He designed his own Tomb
During the remaining years, Walt Whitman was in very poor health. He suffered much but mostly never complained about his situation. Whitman himself made plans for his final resting. Whitman designed his own granite mausoleum in Camden, New Jersey. He shaped it like a house. Visitors, sometimes, leave letters or pennies at the iron gate in front of the grave.
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