Theme Of Song Of Myself By Walt Whitman

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Walt Whitman, a civil war nurse was a self-taught poet in the 1800s. Whitman is known for using lists, anaphora, free verse, and other literary devices in his poems. In his works, he focuses on American workers, diversity, transcendent approaches to nature, and individualism. “Song of Myself,” a poem written by Whitman, explores themes of nature, sex, democracy, and spirituality. Whitman uses nature to fuel his creativity in using grass as a symbol of comparison to life by using imagery, metaphors, and analogies. In “Song of Myself” Whitman starts the poem by saying, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” (3). He is saying that we all share the same biological materials and that you are no different from him than he is from him meaning that we are all equal. Whitman uses imagery to depict that everything he is made up of comes from the earth. He expresses, “My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air/Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same” (6-7). Whitman states that generation of people from parents to their parents originate from the…show more content…
Whitman writes, “A child said What is the grass?” (99). Whitman answers this question in several ways. Whitman first answers this question by stating that grass, “[M]ust be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven” (101). Whitman is saying that the grass is a symbol of his beliefs. Wittman offers another answer which he states, “[I]t is the handkerchief of the Lord” (102). In this reply, Whitman is stating that the grass is portraying God. Whitman states, “Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic/And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow zones/ Growing among black folks as among white.” (106-108). Whitman thinks that grass is a uniformed symbol that grows anywhere no matter the person or color because he believes that nature holds no
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