Whitman sought to create a new gospel of beauty: a uniquely American voice. He escaped the Classic Structures demanded of verse, and gave us the free form voice that has become standard today. His work influenced the beat movement (Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg), anti-war poets & even Bram Stoker (Dracula). Whitman, a volunteer in military hospitals during the civil war, mourned the assassination of President Lincoln with the well-known Captain, oh my Captain. His last days were spent in Camden, NJ and in his refuge in nature at the Stafford Farm and Timber Creek.
Presented by: David Scott Taylor, American Historical Theatre
Funded project of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. The New Jersey Council for the Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.