Walt Whitman: 10 Misconceptions
Least to Greatest


by Mitchell Santine Gould, Curator, LeavesOfGrass.Org

02.Greatness

It is no misconception to say that Whitman was a great poet, or perhaps even to say he was our greatest. But this needs to balanced with the simple fact that he was also our worst. So much of his poetry is pompous, verbose, redundant, awkward, or stuffed with nervous tics of speech, such as unnecessary qualifiers.

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