Yeah--Leaves of Grass is very ambitious for its time. It's basically Whitman saying 'screw literary conventions' and including everyone. He certainly wasn't perfect, and he did express racist notions at times outside of his poetry (though they were incredibly common around him and also based on scientific theory and speculation at the time), but his poetry was very inclusive. I like the way it was described as 'casting a wide net--gender, sexuality, and race are all part of that.' It's very ambitious in how idyllic it is, despite how much inequality and violence was happening in his time.@Meltedsorbet
Wow thanks, this is so much more to take in.
I'm going to say he's an NFP then, being a champion for the down-trodden and taking issue with injustice and things that aren't pure or authentic. I'm not sure I found any Ti in him, but I may be victim to confirmation bias if I inadvertently cherry-picked his quotations pertinent.
When I think of NTP authors like Voltaire (I am convinced he is ENTP)
I find they promote their own values through many a character and many a scheme.
Of course! It is the very nature of Leaves of Grass to be such a personal piece but there is a reason it is the most defining piece, his magnum opus si vis. This isn't to say TP authors don't write firsthand narratives, I'm just saying.
Sounds like he's a 4w!So he could be INFJ as well, as it's hard to separate Whitman's image from his actual personality. But I would see him as open minded and desiring to connect on some deeper, intimate level, with everyone (with also a lot of focus on perceiving stuff--experiencing meaningful moments), a characteristic that I think is common with NFP. So I still think ENFP or INFJ.
I like Whitman, though I tend to identify more with INFP poets more like Keats or Virginia Woolf. Whitman has a very sensual, overwhelming kind of energy to his writing, though it's also very mystical in Leaves of Grass...and more focused outwardly--perhaps Fe-Ni or Ne-Si. So idk.
I wrote a paper on how he identified with Osiris...as the god of fertility. It's interesting to me how inspired he was from mythology and how that interacted with his identity because I also really enjoy that. But a lot of the references seemed scattered more like Ne-Si imo than Ni-Se. Like Emily Dickinson is much more precise (Ni) with the symbolism in her poems, I think. Her style is tricky (maybe Ti). Whitman's seems more open to many applications (Ne).