Walt Whitman By Bliss Perry, Walt Whitman Biography, Poems, Leaves of Grass, Facts Nov , Walt Whitman, American poet, journalist and essayist whose verse collection Leaves of Grass, first published in , is a landmark in the history of American literature His aim was to transcend traditional epics and to eschew normal aesthetic form. Walt Whitman Poems, Quotes Poetry Biography Background and Early Years Called the Bard of Democracy and considered one of America s most influential poets, Walt Whitman was born on May , , in West Hills, Long Island, New York. About Walt Whitman Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman was born on May , , in West Hills, on Long Island, New York He was the second son of Walter Whitman, a house builder, and Louisa Van Velsor In the s and s, the family, which consisted of nine children, lived in Long Island and Brooklyn, where Whitman attended the Walt Whitman Poetry Foundation Walt Whitman is America s world poet a latter day successor to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Shakespeare In Leaves of Grass , , he celebrated democracy, nature, love, and friendship This monumental work chanted praises to the body as well as to the soul, and found beauty and reassurance even in death. Walt Whitman Poems, Biography, Quotes WALT WHITMAN was born in Westhills, Long Island, May , , in a farm house overlooking the sea While yet a child his parents moved to Brooklyn, where he acquired his education. Poems by Walt Whitman Academy of American Poets rowsA list of poems by Walt Whitman Born on May , , Walt Whitman is the author of The Walt Whitman Archive The Walt Whitman Archive is a comprehensive resource about Whitman s life and work, co directed by Dr Ed Folsom and Dr Kenneth M Price Whitman has been one of the most influential writers in American history Among his works are Leaves of Grass and Memoranda During the War, which describes the poet s experiences while nursing Civil War soldiers.