The Birth of Walt Whitman

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"Give me the splendid silent sun with all his beams full-dazzling,
Give me autumnal fruit ripe and red from the orchard,
Give me a field where the unmow'd grass grows,
Give me an arbor, give me the trellis'd grape,
Give me fresh corn and wheat, give me serene-moving animals teaching
Give me nights perfectly quiet as on high plateaus west of the
Mississippi, and I looking up at the stars

What better way to celebrate the season than with a poem by Walt Whitman? The poet, journalist, and essayist was born on this day in 1819. Whitman's work is still widely read today. Whitman is considered America's first "poet of democracy" because of his singularly American style of writing. Read more about Walt Whitman and his poetry at your Milwaukee Public Library.

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