Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman is known as the father of free verse poetry. His deeply emotional, spiritual, and nature-based poems appeal to poetry lovers around the world. Read more about Walt Whitman.

The Dalliance of the Eagles

by Walt Whitman

Whitman’s ‘The Dalliance of the Eagles’ depicts a fierce yet amorous scene of the birds of prey, briefly consummating in the open sky and then parting in their own ways. This poem was not received favorably due to its explicit depiction of sexuality.

To a Locomotive in Winter

by Walt Whitman

‘To a Locomotive in Winter’ by Walt Whitman is a memorable poem written in Whitman’s skilled free verse. It addresses a train and celebrates its sounds, images, and strength.

To a Stranger

by Walt Whitman

‘To a Stranger’ by Walt Whitman describes a connection the speaker feels to a stranger they pass on the street. 

When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer

by Walt Whitman

It’s much more than the dry figures to study or embracing the moist air of nature. In ‘When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer,’ Walt Whitman emphasizes the importance of studying nature that can tap into deeper thoughts and knowledge.

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