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Walt Whitman

1819-1892 ,  American poet
Walt WhitmanAmerican poet, essayist, and journalist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.

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We were together. I forget the rest.

Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.

Resist much, obey little.

Be curious, not judgmental.

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.

If you done it, it ain't bragging.

If you want me again look for me under your boot soles.

Battles are lost in the same spirit in which they are won.

Your very flesh shall be a great poem.

I say the whole earth and all the stars in the sky are for religion’s sake.

In the faces of men and women I see God.

What do you suppose will satisfy the soul except to walk free and own no superior?

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.

Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes.

Whoever degrades another degrades me.

I hear and behold God in every object, yet understand God not in the least.

Quotes in Verse

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done!
The ship has weathered every wrack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting.

Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself; I am large
I contain multitudes.

I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world.

Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.

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.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.


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