Walt Whitman is regarded as one of America’s most significant 19th Century poets.
Whitman references the Bible in several of his works.
Evident in an early work, “Shirval: A Tale of Jerusalem,” taken from Luke 7:11-16, and the account of Jesus raising the widow’s dead son.
In an 1892 essay entitled, “The Bible as Poetry,” Whitman wrote: “How many ages and generations have brooded and wept and agonized over this book. What untellable joys and ecstasies—what support to martyrs at the stake—from it. . .To what myriads has it been the shore and rock of safety—the refuge from driving tempest and wreck! Translated in all languages, how it has united this diverse world.”