How Did Walt Whitman Leaves Of Grass?

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"Do anything, but let it produce joy." (Whitman, Leaves of Grass). This quote in Whitman 's most famous work is the epitome of his beliefs and what he showed through his many works of poetry. His life had a lasting impact on society. He changed the perception of poetry and ultimately the views on homosexuality. Walt Whitman, considered to be the most important American poet of the 19th century, impacted the world of poetry with his unique writing style and newly ushered free verse.
Whitman modernized the way Americans wrote poetry by covering controversial topics and writing in a new type of verse known as free verse. Through this newly incorporated style of verse, he freely expressed his feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Many times he was criticized
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He made a huge impact in Germany following an emancipation movement. In this movement they discussed the topic of homosexuality and how to incorporate it into their lives and make it a norm. Out of the nine subsequent editions he wrote of Leaves of Grass, three of them spread to Germany and impacted their society as well. In Germany, a dance innovator incorporated the ideas of Leaves of Grass into one of her performances which resulted in a resounding success. These nine editions practically made up his career. It also spread to other countries in the world. It spread to Chile in Latin America, to Portugal in Europe, and to India in the Middle East. Sensitive and demoralized people in these countries were desperately seeking an escape to their stiff culture. Just as the dance innovator did a great service to her country with her performance, Whitman did similar service in the United States after World War II. With his devotion to his writing, he really influenced the world and made a …show more content…
He was trying to form a journey that the readers were suppose to spot after reading them all. This way of writing, alongside his newly incorporated idea of writing in free verse, had a huge effect on his poetry. It required the readers to think and form their own ideas of what was happening. “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach. Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know. Perhaps it is everywhere.” (Whitman, Leaves of Grass) Leaves of Grass was written since 1855 up until his death in 1891. His last piece was actually written a couple of months before his death. Even though he is known for his nerve racking content, he still had to be cautious about what he wrote. He couldn 't have described the erotic activities in his poems in the depth he wanted to. After the Civil War his writing changed dramatically. He considered the poem he wrote in 1860 the last of the book, but continued writing into a loose autobiographical cycle. He left a positive and lasting impact on

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