Leaves of Grass

In popular culture

Leaves of Grass plays a prominent role in the AMC TV series Breaking Bad. For example, episode 5.8 - titled "Gliding Over All" after poem 271 in the book - pulls together many of the series' references to Leaves of Grass, such as the fact that the main character, Walter White, has the same initials as Walt Whitman (as noted in episode 4.4, "Bullet Points", and made more salient in "Gliding Over All"). Numerous reviewers have analyzed and discussed the various connections among Walt Whitman/Leaves of Grass/"Gliding Over All", the character Walter White, and the show Breaking Bad.[43][44][45]

Leaves of Grass plays a major role in the John Green novel Paper Towns. The 1989 film Dead Poets Society makes repeated references to the poem O Captain! My Captain! from Leaves of Grass, along with other references to Whitman himself.

American singer Lana Del Rey references Walt Whitman and Leaves of Grass in her song "Body Electric" from her 2012 EP Paradise. She also quotes some verses from Whitman's "I Sing the Body Electric" in her 2013 short mini movie Tropico.[46]

In the BYUtv series Granite Flats Season 3, Episode 8, Timothy gives Madeline a first-edition copy of Leaves of Grass as a Christmas gift.[47] Many of Walt Whitman's poems are quoted in season 2 and 3.


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