Why is free verse an appropriate form for Whitman’s poems?
It’s hard to imagine Whitman writing in anything other than free verse, a form that he largely invented. Partly, this is because of his subject matter, which is nothing less than the totality of life as it is experienced in the United States. Whitman also saw his role as poet as essentially democratic, not just in terms of subject, but in terms of method. This is his point when he says, in "One’s Self I Sing,"
One’s-Self I sing, a simple separate person, /Yet utter the word Democratic, the word En-Masse.
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