Walt Whitman

1819 - 1892

American poet, journalist and essayist, Walt Whitman was part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism. Among the most influential poets of the American literature, he is regarded as the father of the free verse. His verse collection, Leaves of Grass, first published in 1855 and revised until his death, is a landmark in the history of American literature even though it was controversial in his days.


I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason ... [+]


A Noiseless Patient Spider

A noiseless patient spider, I mark’d where on a little promontory it stood isolated, Mark’d how to explore the vacant vast surrounding, It launch’d forth filament, filament, filament, out of ... [+]


I Sing The Body Electric

1 I sing the body electric, The armies of those I love engirth me and I engirth them, They will not let me off till I go with them, respond to them, And discorrupt them, and charge them full with ... [+]


O Captain! My Captain!

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done, The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the ... [+]


Pioneers! O Pioneers!

Come my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready, Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes? Pioneers! O pioneers!
For we cannot tarry here, We must march my ... [+]


Crossing Brooklyn Ferry

1 Flood-tide below me! I see you face to face! Clouds of the west–sun there half an hour high–I see you also face to face.
Crowds of men and women attired in the usual costumes, how curious ... [+]



SAUNTERING the pavement, or riding the country by-road,lo, such faces! Faces of friendship, precision, caution, suavity, ideality, The spiritual-prescient face,the always welcome, common ... [+]