Whitman sought to create “a new gospel of beauty”: a uniquely American voice. He escaped the Classic Structures demanded of verse, and gave us the free form voice that has become standard today. Whitman, a volunteer in military hospitals during the civil war, mourned the assassination of President Lincoln with the well-known “Oh Captain! My Captain!” His last days were spent in Camden, NJ and in his refuge in nature at the Stafford Farm and Timber Creek.
David Scott Taylor
First Person Interpreter
David Scott Taylor grew up in Southern New Jersey. He holds B.A. in Speech and Theatre from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Maine. For the last 16 years David has worked as a Philadelphia based “First Person Interpreter” portraying characters such as Benjamin Franklin and Walt Whitman, Gideon Olmstead and George Washington.
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