Walt Whitman in 1891 (© Flickr/ Marcelo Noah)
In 1855 a “poetic divo” burst onto the literary stage and changed the course of poetic expression. Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” is considered the beginning of modern poetry. Part One explores his early life, including his Dutch heritage, and the relationship between a love of music and the poet’s emergence.
Produced and Presented by David Swatling
Broadcast in Euroquest 6 October 2000