Transcendentalism In Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Walt Whitman was an 19th century American poet and author of “Song of Myself,” a 52-section poem that conveys a lot of the basic premises and themes of transcendentalism. Transcendentalism is the belief in the power of the individual, no one is better then anyone else, everything is interconnected, and the power and value of nature. It was a reaction towards rationalism that resulted in the development of transcendentalism. Walt Whitman shared this values and beliefs and is notable in a lot of his work, even more so in his poem “Song of Myself,” where he opens-up about his opinions with one’s self, nature, and the universe. Another theme of Transcendentalism believes that Authors should be equine and create new literature, just as Whitman have his own style of writing that made him equine and original. Throughout “Song of Myself” Whitman conveys the point of view of a transcendentalist as his constantly makes the connection connecting nature, humans, and spiritual. The poem tells us about Whitman, almost to the point that it was his form of writing his autobiography, but even more so it expresses his self-satisfaction is all that mattered and personally didn’t care if you joined in his-self celebration or not regardless he was going to celebrate. “Song of Myself,” educates and explores the beliefs associated with transcendentalist. Just as can be seen starting on the third line of part 20 Whitman writes “All I mark as my own you shall offset it with your own,” (p. 1326,
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