"If you are an American, then Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother, even if, like myself, you have never composed a line of verse."—Harold Bloom
Walt Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet probably best known for his revolutionary book Leaves of Grass. His work has elements of transcendentalism and humanism, and his poetry greatly influenced all the poets that came after him.
Walt Whitman provides examples of the following tropes:
- Ambiguously Gay: Mostly thought to be gay because of some passages in Leaves of Grass.
- Badass Beard
- Beatnik: A major inspiration for the original Beat poets.
- Wandering Minstrel: A sort of real life example.
- Omnisexual: The Trope Namer.