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Song Of Myself

Introduction:

Song of Myself is a vision of the symbolic "I enraptured by senses, vicariously embracing all people and places."(I is universal, a part of the Divine)
Song of myself is not only a voice, then; it is a voice that cannot stop singing, delighted with its own fullness, plunging into its unuttered future. The poems present tense is so reckless and hurried (I speak at every hazard without check) that is seems to have no past, no memory; this is to say, the poem is not about anything, any more than life is about something. It is simply happening; it is about itself.
"Song of myself" is the record of his struggle to become himself.
Whitman is representative of all humanity because, he says, the voices of diverse people speak through him, voices of men, animals, and even insects. To him, all life is a miracle of beauty. Whitman is the voice of all humanity.
His vision of humanity embraces the person and the natural world. Song of Myself is a bridge, spanning the divide...

Posted by: Melissa T. Littlefield

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