First published inWhitman made extensive revisions to the book, changing titles, motifs, and adding whole poems untiland tinkering further until his death in
To him all humans are equal and all professions are equally honorable. In this all encompassing interpretation Whitman says that the freedom offered by democracy is for all not a chosen few. It included all people, not renouncing those of other races, creeds, or social standings. Among poets, Walt Whitman is undoubtedly the greatest champion of democracy.
True, the English romantic poets were staunch supporters of democracy. He was a systematic and painstaking student of political reality. He denounced all prerogatives and vested interest. Whitman visualized complete harmony between the individual and society.
Nature of democracy Whitman united democratic themes and subject matter with free verse form in Song of Myself. In this poem, Whitman celebrates unity of all life and people. He embraces diversity of geography, culture, work, sexuality, and beliefs.
Whitman values hard work and being humble and non-egotistical. His ideals are things such as good health, soul, and the love of nature. The opening of the poem Whitman's belief in equality is so strong, he dedicates the first lines of "Song of Myself" to it: I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Here, "I" and "you" are used symbolicallynot unlike the "myself" from the title that repeats itself in the first line. Whitman uses "I" to refer not only to himself, but to a larger "I" that includes the reader and humanity in general.
Invoking the universal "I" brings a sense of equality to the poem without directly addressing that theme. In its own mysterious way, though, the poem does deal directly with equality and democracy, primarily through Whitman's imagery and language. Whitman celebrates unity of all life and people.
His belief in equality for all people is also depicted in these lines. In democracy Whitman saw possibilities of universal peace and brotherhood. To Whitman the common man, the divine average was the most authentic specimen of humanity.
The grass is the great symbol of democracy in nature and it is by lying on it and observing it that the poet begins to reflect. The poet says in section- 1: It has no option to grow only in specific places.
It grows among the black as well as the white folks in broad as well as narrow zones. This suggests the democratic spirit which the poet always emphasizes. It is the spear of grass that enables the poet to understand the eternal cycle of life and death: The smallest sprout shows there is really no death, All goes onward and outward and nothing collapses And to die is different from what anyone supposed.
As a prophet of democracy Whitman manifests in his poetry the basic sides of democracy-liberty of the individual and equality-all based on the basic belief in the of equality human being. He sings of the men, common American engaged in many professions- the blacksmith, the butcher, the farmer, the boatman, the raft man.
There is no distinction for the poet. He says he is comrade of all who shakes their hands.
He defines himself to be every hue, color, caste etc. In section 10 he says: To the poet the whole cosmos is beautiful. Nothing is trivial to him in the whole universe.Integrated Catalog of Walt Whitman's Literary Manuscripts Abstract: This Integrated Catalog was created by the Walt Whitman Archive through the work of the EAD Project Team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Walt Whitman was a poet who is considered among the greatest figures in American literature. Whitman wrote many famous poems and his poetry collection Leaves of Grass in among the most important works written by an American.
Here are 10 interesting facts about Walt Whitman who revolutionized poetry and is known as the Father of Free Verse. SyncTV Premium Lesson on Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” Overview The famous literary critic, Harold Bloom, on Walt Whitman: “If you are American, then Walt Whitman is your imaginative father and mother, even if, like myself, you have never composed a line of verse.
In "Song of Myself," Whitman beautifully explains his own experiences in life and travel. The quote i chose comes near the end and most of the pages at the end are very similar as Whitman tries to explain his own nature and beliefs. Feb 27, · Walt Whitman is considered one of the most prominent and best authors of the western hemisphere.
While Emerson divided Self into an active portion and a passive part of the soul, Walt Whitman presented the divisions of: my soul, myself, and the real me (Bloom). Song of Myself: With a Complete Commentary by Walt Whitman is a sectional breakdown of the poem with two different commentators -- Ed Folsom and Christopher Merrill.
Folsom teaching and research have centered on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture/5().