Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Poem, Son Of Myself Essay

2097 Words Nov 25th, 2016 9 Pages
“According to the text, “I celebrate myself, And what I assume you shall assume, for every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you, I love and invite my soul,” (Line 1). This a quote from the poem, “Son of Myself” by Walt Whitman. What this quote from the poem is saying is that he celebrates himself and that everything that is good about him is also good to the reader in their self. He is saying that they should celebrate their self as well. He also talks about he is inviting and one with his soul. Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist and Journalist. He was born on May 31, 1819 and died March 26, 1892. He was known as a humanist. A humanist is a person that believes in the philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings. Walt Whitman was a part of the transition between transcendentalism, which is a subgroup of Romanticism, and realism. Although these two movements had very different views he incorporated them both into his works. Romanticism was time in American Literature from 1800 to 1860. The writing at this time focused on emotion versus reason and rationality. It also focused on the sublime. The common themes at this time was that beauty is found in things like the sublime and colorize. Furthermore, the individual was more important than the group. Also, they focused on folktales and mythology. They also idolized Native Americans. Transcendentalism was a subgroup of Romanticism, they had many of the same ideals and…

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