Walt Whitman (1819 - 1892) is one of the most influential poets in the American canon and is often called the father of free verse. He worked as a journalist, teacher, government clerk and as as volunteer nurse during the American Civil War. Modernist poet Ezra Pound called Whitman "America's poet... He is America." Whitman's influences are diverse, from the Beat movement of the 1950s and 1960s to Bram Stoker, who used Whitman as a model for the character Dracula. "All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, / and to die is different from what any one supposed, and luckier" are the concluding lines to Whitman's poem "Song of Myself", first published in his collection Leaves of Grass in 1855.