In this installment of the wildly popular – or at least tongue-in-cheekily-named—series, Lives of the Ethical Saints, we’ll explore the writing of poet Walt Whitman. He has been called the father of modernism because of his pioneering use of free verse, and his poetry is often used in humanist contexts because of his sensual reveling in life, his empathic longings for deeper connections among humanity, and his attempts to grapple with the meaning of mortality.