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Walt Whitman
(1819-1892) born on
May 31
US poet. His innovative use of free verse in "Leaves of Grass," 1855 inspired a generation of poets.
There is that indescribable freshness and unconsciousness about an illiterate person that humbles and mocks the power of the noblest expressive genius.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well, then I contradict myself,
I am large, I contain multitudes.
Let that which stood in front go behind, let that which was behind advance to the front, let bigots, fools, unclean persons, offer new propositions, let the old propositions be postponed.
The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity.
To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Leaves of Grass," Preface, 1855.
R: "Song of Myself," sct. 51, in "Leaves of Grass," 1855.
A: "Reversals."
N: "Leaves of Grass," Preface, 1855.
K: "Notes Left Over," "Ventures on an Old Theme," 1881.

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