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Walt Whitman
(1819 - 1892)

Walt Whitman


"Come, said my soul,
Such verses for my Body let us write, (for we are one,)
That should I after return,
Or, long, long hence, in other spheres,
There to some group of mates the chants resuming,
(Tallying Earth's soil, trees, winds, tumultuous waves,)
Ever with pleas'd smile I may keep on,
Ever and ever yet the verses owning--as, first, I here and now
Signing for Soul and Body, set to them my name
"
- Leaves of Grass


Considered by many to be the greatest of all American poets, his Leaves of Grass, unconventional in both content and technique, is probably the most influential volume of poems in the history of American literature.
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