When Walt Whitman's poems were first published, they were often criticized as immoral or obscene. Today, he's considered one of America's most groundbreaking poets. He revised his most famous compilation, "Leaves of Grass," throughout his entire life.
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Walt Whitman was pulled out of school at age 11, and became a voracious, self-taught reader. (0:30)
Walt Whitman worked on his famous compilation of poems, "Leaves of Grass," from 1848 to 1855. (1:02)
Whitman is referred to as "the bard of democracy," because his poems speak to a hope for universal brotherhood. (2:15)