Walter “Walt” Whitman (1819-1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. Whitman is considered one of the most influential poets in America, and he is often cited as the father of free verse. In this poem, Whitman explores the world under the sea. As you read, take notes on how Whitman describes life under the sea. This poetry is for grade 8 students and is available in the public domain.