American Literature II
July 3, 2016
Walt Whitman was a very influential poet in his time era. He was very in tune with the world, his surroundings and people which makes him a humanist of his time. The poem Song of Myself has very mystical and profound ideas in this poem in my opinion. It is the type of poem when you read once and read over and over again you will always find something new about it for years to come because it 's so intriguing. Whitman was somebody who was very struck by his experience in the civil war and his thoughts about the world which transferred into his writing. Some of the ideas he puts forth are truly monumental. He tended for the wounded and saw a lot of horrible misery and the thought of many of the beautiful thoughts he had about the world and the exclusiveness he had about the world came in the wake of this event and it is truly profound he was praised by american writer Ralph Waldo Emerson in fact he had written a note to him saying “congratulations as i greet you as you begin you begin your great career”. He actually published this quote in one of his books.
This story a song of myself actually comes from a book called leaves of grass and he continuously revise this over the course of his life time all the way up to the so called deathbed edition. the earlier development of a song of myself was actually untitled also it wasn 't broken into sections which made it hard to read.Some of the ideas he puts forth are truly monumental. At the beginning of part 1 he first gets the idea of universal togetherness. He starts at the very beginning by saying, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as...
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...t into the world and we try to seek the truth that it will be there and when he says i stop somewhere here waiting for you it 's not just him it 's not just him it 's not walt whitman standing there but it 's the truth,god and beauty.
The poem was a very interesting poem, you can tell Whitman was a very open minded and very critical individual on the world from his experiences he had, which in my opinion separated Whitman from different authors but respected by all.
Baym, Nina, and Robert S. Levine, eds. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Eighth ed. Vol. D. New York: W. W. Norton, 2012. Print.
whitman, walt. "Song of myself." walt whitman Official Website. 23 nov. 2015. Web. 5 Feb. 2016
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