Critical Analysis Of Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Daniel Alfaro
Connor Byrne
English 214
01 October 2017
Analysis of Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer”
Walt Whitman was a self taught poet who left school to find studies on his own, believing that school doesn't give the necessary information for life. Evident in his two poems “Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer” is his beliefs about school, as well as focusing in some way on nature. The poem “Song of Myself” focuses on his views about who he is, how important he feels and who hopes to be, celebrating his life and how he turned out. “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer” is a narrative that focuses more on his views on schools and his preference to self learning and personal though. In the poems “Song of Myself” and “When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer”, the poet Walt Whitman expresses his view that school is not enough to learn about life, with nature and his admiration for himself having influenced his works.
The poem “Song of Myself” expresses Walt Whitman's views about himself, celebrating his life, expressing views on school, and what he hopes, using natural expressions to express these ideas. Whitman believes that his life and how he leads it demonstrate a very calm life that can be attributed to his surroundings in the present and the past, which can be seen in the lines “I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.\ My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air,\ born here

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