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Song Of Myself

Walt Whitman

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Comment on Song Of Myself
2003-09-07
Added by: Ellen Carswell
Walt Whitman wishes to share his feelings with us in this work. He wishes us to understand how important compassion is if we are to have any kind of existence with one another. The poem is better understood if read aloud, because it is only then that the words really come to life and prompt the visual pictures in our heads.
The Song Summed Up
2004-02-05
Added by: jared
"Song of Myself" is all about the human experience. When I say the human experience, I mean what men of the past, present, and future have seen, touched, smelt, and heard. In this poem Whitman is explaining how all of humanity is like one living organism, and no one part is more important than the other. In section 44 of "Song of Myself" Whitman says, "We have thus far exhausted trillions of winters and summers, There are trillions ahead, and trillions ahead of them. Births have brought us richness and variety, And other births will bring us richness and variety. I do not call one greater and one smaller, That which fills its period and place is equal to any." It is clear that Whitman had a perspective of the human race and its history that escaped most writers. More specifically, Whitman speaks of equal contribution to the human experience in section 42: "Here and there with dimes on the eyes walking, To feed the greed of the belly the brains liberally spooning, Tickets buying, taking, selling, but in to the feast never once going, Many sweating, ploughing, thrashing, and then the chaff for payment receiving, A few idly owning, and they the wheat continually claiming. This is the city and I am one of the citizens, Whatever interests the rest interests me, politics, wars, markets, newspapers, schools, The mayor and councils, banks, tariffs, steamships, factories, stocks, stores, real estate and personal estate. Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" could have easily been titled "Song of Humanity."
2004-03-04
Added by: Janelle
I just wanted to share what my favorite part is. I've read the entire thing numerous times and I even got a copy of the newest edition of Leaves Of Grass from my high school library when they were clearing space for new books (quite a steal I might add).
Even after reading all of it, I have many favorite segments and many quotes I take from it, but I still love 52 the best. This may be a rather morbid and macabre thing to post, but I'm absolutely determined to have "Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, Missing me one place search another, I stop somewhere waiting for you," put on my tombstone.
I'm just intoxicated w/ Whitman's style of writing; I feel freedom, exuberance, jubilee, and rapture when I read this work. It is so happy, it is so encompassing, it so wonderful that I can't help but feel better when I read it.
I wish that everyone could experience and enjoy life 1/2 as much as Whitman did - if we all did the world would certainly be different to say the least :)

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