Walt Whitman Quote
Poems by Walt Whitman (1868), "Wherefore?"
“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”
Song of Myself (written in 1855), l. 69
Leaves of Grass (1885 ed.), Preface
Attributed. Earliest attribution found: The Philistine, Volume 19, Harry Persons Taber, Elbert Hubbard, The Society, 1904, p. 111. Also quoted in: The Almanac of American Letters, Randy F. Nelson, W. Kaufmann, 1981, p. 171
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsWalt Whitman
Born: May 31, 1819
Died: March 26, 1892 (aged 72)
Bio: Walter Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
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