Walt Whitman Influences

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American society has been drastically shaped through the strong beliefs of its poets, journalists and all around writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Gisnsberg, William S Burroughs and many more. Although each and every one of these writers are brilliant individuals, it is undeniable that they were highly influenced by the great Walt Whitman. Walt Whitman was a bright American individual who consistently crossed the conservative boundaries with his excellent writing skills. Walter “Walt” was an American poet, essayist and journalist. He was a big part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism and both of his views were apparent in his works. Walt Whitman's work was very controversial for his time period, especially his great poetry collection “Leaves of Grass” which was described by many critics as “obscene” and “distasteful.”
Walt was not the type of writer who wrote for the “norm.” He was the type who was against it, constantly crossing the conservative boundaries by expressing his views, political,.religious and sexual. His outspoken attitude, and fearlessness was exactly what separated him from the rest. “Walt Whitman had a passion for his native soil; he was hypnotized by the word America; he spent much of his mature life in brooding over the question, “What, after all, is an American, and what should an American poet be in our age of science and democracy?”(Bliss) Walt Whitman is exactly what an American poet should be, an outspoken individual not afraid to go against the normality. Although Walt was a great writer, what led him be able to create work such as the ones he did? His life experiences. Just as the majority of the greatest writers of history, they were highly influenced by their life experi...

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...eath, he continued to influence writers such as the ones who originated the “beat generation” in the 40s. Even as of recent, he has been referenced in shows such as “Breaking Bad” and as well as in music. One of his poems in Leaves of Grass has carried out such great influence, singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey wrote a song called “Body Electric” which was based off loosely off the poem “I Sing The Body Electric.” “Whitman is an individualist. He represents the assertive, Jacksonian period of out national existence.”(Bliss) He is all around one of the most influential writers in American history, and it is simply due to the fact that he stood by his beliefs, despite the wanted/unwanted attention it sparked. He stayed true to his American poetic roots, and wrote about his experiences. Walt Whitman is a true American poet that will remain forever influential.
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