Walter "Walt" Whitman (1819 - 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. His works celebrate America as an emerging nation and American life. His most famous poems include "Song of Myself" and "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." his lament for the death of President Lincoln.
Delicate cluster! flag of teeming life!
Covering all my lands—all my sea-shores lining!
Flag of death! (how I watch'd you through the smoke of battle pressing!
How I heard you flap and rustle, cloth defiant!)
Flag cerulean—sunny flag, with the orbs of night...
When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom’d,
And the great star early droop’d in the western sky in the night,
I mourn’d, and yet shall mourn with ever-returning spring.
Ever-returning spring, trinity sure to me you bring,
Lilac blooming perennial and...