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Was Whitman the first poet to write in sentence fragments?

Whitman is precisely the opposite of fragmentary: he writes inclusively, compositely, with a long and loping cadence. That is his entire theme as well as his most characteristic form. For fragments, ...
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Read Hero with a Thousand Faces before or after relevant epics?

I recommend reading the epics first. If only because it will give you some perspective while reading Campbell, who overstates his case.
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Was Whitman the first poet to write in sentence fragments?

No, at least one poet used sentence fragments in large scale in some of his poems nearly a century before Walt Whitman. This was Christopher Smart, who wrote unconventional poetry in the 18th century. ...
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