Dinner with Walt

all things Walt Whitman

Dinner with Walt - all things Walt Whitman

Happy 197th Birthday!

197 years old today!

Wow! Walt, you’re getting old! But fear not Old Poet, you’re not forgotten! Walt, you’re very much alive today!

In fact, just earlier this year a long-lost letter you wrote to the family of a Civil War soldier was discovered at the National Archives.

And just recently unveiled was another huge discovery, your 1858 news article series on “Manly Health and Training.”

Happy 197th Birthday Old Poet!
Walt Whitman

1878 Photo of Walt Whitman by Napoleon Sarony (Dinner with Walt Collection)

“We must not look back over the shoulders at the world: we should meet each day as it comes with the same assumption: we can make each new day the best of days if we get the habit.” With Walt Whitman in Camden, Vol. IV, p. 297.

Previous birthday posts:


Whitman’s 195th Birthday!

Put those party hats on and let the celebration begin!

Today, May 31st, 2014 marks Whitman’s 195th birthday!



Poets To Come

Poets to come! Orators, singers, musicians to come!

Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,

But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known,

Arouse! For just must justify me.

I myself but write one or two indicative word for the future,

I but advance a moment only to wheel and hurry back in the darkness.

I am a man who, sauntering along without fully stopping, turns a casual look upon you and then averts his face,

Leaving it to you to prove and define it,

Expecting the main things from you.


Links to previous birthday announcements:

May 31, 2012

May 31, 2013




May 31st, Happy Birthday Walt!

~ Happy 194th Birthday to Walt Whitman ~

I started thinking about Whitman’s birthday last week and pondered what I would write in tribute to this remarkable man. Unsure, I picked up my favorite copy of Leaves of Grass, one of 26 copies in my collection, and here’s what I found when I randomly opened the book.


The poem, FULL OF LIFE, NOW is most befitting to share on Whitman’s birthday. Traditionally, we give gifts to loved ones to celebrate a birthday, but today on this occasion, we receive a gift – a timeless gift from Whitman himself to all of us – living, dead and yet unborn…



 Happy Birthday Walt!



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