|Even the smallest to the largest|
In the 1850s, an American poet pulled away from standard poetry format and moved into his own poetry. It was a bold move, but then Walt Whitman was bold in so many ways.
His “free verse” was exactly that: free. Whitman was strong in his beliefs that all people should read and understand the meanings that are embedded in the words. The importance of the individual, whether it be a person or a blade of grass or a distant star, was central to his vision.
Walt Whitman fell under the extreme condemnation of his bi-sexuality. Although Leaves of Grass was labeled to be almost pornographic and obscene, but that did not restrict its success. In a November 1885 review, it was suggested that Whitman was “guilty of the horrible sin not to be mentioned among Christians”.
This part of the popular opinions, Whitman had intense relationships with several women, and claimed he had six children. Whatever his sexuality, it cannot be criticized in current mores and rightly so. One cannot be defined by one element of life but taken as a whole.
Whitman’s most memorable poem will always be O Captain! My Captain, written after Lincoln’s assassination. He once said, after constant repetition,
"Damn My Captain...I'm almost sorry I ever wrote that poem."
So, hoist a glass to an individual who believed that people/leaves of grass/stars are unique, no matter how small or large or whatever.
From YouTube read by Tom O'Bedlam