100-Day Project 92-97
225 To Old Age
I see in you the estuary that enlarges and spreads itself grandly as it pours into the great Sea.
–Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass”
Walt Whitman’s life spanned the 19th century, and he was first a teacher and then a journalist, founding an anti-slavery newspaper in Brooklyn in 1848. During the Civil War he worked in hospitals in Washington D.C. caring for the wounded. After the war he took a job as a government clerk.
Whitman first published the work he is best known for, “Leaves of Grass”, in 1855, and continued to add to and revise it for the rest of his life. We all studied it in high school (at least those of us growing up in the United States). Like many of those writers, Whitman definitely speaks differently to me now.
You can read “Leaves of Grass” here (just click on the poem you want to read):
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