Themes In Song Of Myself

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Song of knowledge, connections and death
There are many themes present in “song of myself”, but three main themes stood out to me more than any other themes. The themes are the beautification of death, knowledge, and the connection between people and things. The beautification of death, knowledge, and the connection between people and things is apparent throughout the poem.” The poem that would come to bear the title "Song of Myself," the major poem of the original 1855 edition, contains several key passages relating to death, including sections 5 and 6, which offer another example of a scene where ecstatic sexual engagement leads to and is linked with a visionary spiritual transcendence of death.” I put this quote from “"Restless Explorations": Whitman's Evolving Spiritual Vision in Leaves of Grass” to support the claim of death being romanticized and repeated throughout the poem.
On page 1024, “song of myself” line 3 it says, “for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you”. The quote above shows the unity of people. “my tongue, every atom of my blood, form’d from this soil, this air, born there of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, hoping to cease not till death.” This quote shows the connection between people as well as the stepping into the subject of death beautification. What I got from this quote is that he is connecting with thing, like the soil and air and that he is
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