An American poet in the period of the Civil War.
"Whitman reportedly enjoyed bathing naked and sunbathing nude. In his work Manly Health and Training written under the pseudonym Mose Velsor, he advises men to swim naked. In A Sun-bathed Nakedness, he wrote,
Never before did I get so close to Nature; never before did she come so close to me… Nature was naked, and I was also… Sweet, sane, still Nakedness in Nature! – ah if poor, sick, prurient humanity in cities might really know you once more! Is not nakedness indecent? No, not inherently. It is your thought, your sophistication, your fear, your respectability, that is indecent. There come moods when these clothes of ours are not only too irksome to wear, but are themselves indecent.
"O Captain! My Captain!" , 1865
"Leaves of Grass"