Use Of Imagery Throughout Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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Imagery is present throughout Walt Whitman’s Song Of Myself (-----). Whitman is able to draw the reader into the text and ground the abstract ideas back to the readers by appealing to a range of senses. Whitman also uses visual, tactile, auditory and olfactory to imagery give a sense of reality to the setting.

In section 2 of Song of Myself, the first sense Whitman utilises to create the setting is the reader’s sense of smell. “Houses and rooms are full of perfumes,… I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it, … The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it." By beginning with the imagery of perfumes and fragrances, Whitman is able to bring readers past memories to the situation. The stanza brings forward the

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