Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Walt Whitman, Metaphysical Poet (1819-1892): This Compost


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Oh, how can it be that the ground does not sicken?” 
Walt Whitman’s striking and discomforting imagery spiritualises his world. Photo by Janet Cameron, All Rights Reserved.

Walt Whitman’s evocative poem is a metaphor for religious experience. It examines, in distressing and lyrical imagery, concepts of death and rebirth.

Who Was Walt Whitman?

Walt Whitman was born on Long Island on 31 May 1819, and moved to Brooklyn when he was four, where he attended school for five years. At eleven years old, Whitman left school to go to work. At various times in his life, Whitman was a carpenter, an editor of contentious newspapers, and a teacher.

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