Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth – 31/5/2019
Walt Whitman is acknowledged among the most influencial American poets and as a great interpreter of the American soul in the second half of the XIX century. Whitman was also an innovator in poetry, often recognised as the father of the free verse. His collection of poems “Leaves of Grass” was first published in 1855, at his own costs, and then revisited and changed until his death in 1892. This collection has represented a milestone in American literature and new poetry since its first publication..
Poems by Walt Whitman, from the collection “Leaves of Grass” have been published over the past few months in this blog, in original with translations in Italian:
- Among the Multitude 🌿🖋📖
- Native Moments 🌿🖋📖
- That Shadow My Likeness 🌿🖋📖
- This Moment Yearning and Thoughtful 🌿🖋📖
One of the most famous poems by Whitman, “O Captain! My Captain!” was inspired by the assassination of Presiden Abraham Lincoln and is interpreted by Tom O’Bedlam in this video on YouTube.