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Walt Whitman--A Literary Guide: Home

This LibGuide will provide educational resources pertaining to the American poet Walt Whitman (1819-1882).

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman was an American journalist and poet, most famous for his poetry collection Leaves of Grass. 2019 marked 200 years since Whitman's birth and in this time, Whitman has become one of America's most commonly studied poets. This LibGuide serves to provide a brief introduction to Whitman's life and literary works as well as providing resources for additional research. 

Walt Whitman in Dead Poets Society

An excerpt of Whitman's poem "Oh Me! Oh Life!" from the 1989 film Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams. 

"I am the poet of the Body and I am the poet of the Soul..." 
-Walt Whitman "Song of Myself" 


Librarian to Be


Abad, Santi. [Santi Abad]. 2012, March. 21. Why do we read and write poetry? (Dead Poets Society) [video file]. Retrieved from

Cox. G.C. (1887). The laughing philosopher [photograph found in the New York Museum of Modern Art]. Retrieved from

Whitman, Walt (1892). Leaves of Grass. New York: Library of America.