Walt Whitman And Transcendentalism

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I believe Walt Whitman has done an amazing job influencing Transcendentalist ideas and changing them in a new light. Whitman does this by loving the individual, at the same time loving groups of people and lastly by loving everything about each and every person. Walt Whitman has continually shown us in his writings of his Transcendentalist ideas and, how he twists them into something even better. In this essay, I will explain why and how he does this. Firstly, Walt Whitman tends to talk a lot about the different, unique things each person has about himself. In his poem called, “I sing the Body Electric”, he talks quite a bit about how even people doing normal tasks, one can do them in a special way. In this poem, line 18, it says, “The sprawl and fullness of babes, the bosoms and heads of women, the folds of their dress, their style as we pass in the street, the contour of their shape downwards…”. He is describing how a woman looks, how she herself can look as an individual. Transcendentalist ideas completely centre around individualism and being yourself despite what may be expected of them. In the same poem by Whitman, he goes on to say, “As I see my soul reflected in Nature…” the line then continues by him comparing a single woman to the beauty of nature. This itself is a Transcendentalist idea! Nature is thought of as holy, healing,…show more content…
This would be a bad judgement, however. The reason Walt Whitman is considered a transcendentalist is that when he’s talking of groups of people, he’s admiring the beautiful individual that is with other amazing ones. A way of understanding this would be, say you really like mint ice cream but you only get one scoop. Wouldn’t it be amazing if you had two scoops of it? In Whitman’s eyes, that's exactly how people work. One amazing person is great but with others, they are beyond
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