Walt Whitman and the Bible in Poetry

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.” Brought to you by Museum of the Bible.

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