Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself Essay

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For poets such as Walt Whitman and César Vallejo, their poetry’s ability to create the potential for inter-subjective communication by means of language takes on an especially important significance since they are both intensely involved with new political and societal projects that traversed from the European romanticism. Both poets were against the romantic complicity between poetry and a socially insular individualism and believed in the possibility of poetry as a socially emancipatory endeavor. In particular, Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” takes on an expanded notion of a new liberal democracy that cuts across differences of genre, class, and religion. He does this by incorporating into the poetic idiom of natural language, the wretched of the earth, and by being inclusive of everyone and everything. On the other hand, César Vallejo’s poetic excerpts explore a new matrix of expression of various universal themes of the human condition. He expresses ideals of a Utopia of a new internationalist socialist revolution, which traverses national boundaries and declares the equality of all men in a violent struggle. He does this by paying tribute to the worker and to the voluntary militiamen from around the world taking part in the Spanish Civil War against fascism, declaring the binding of all men alike in a triumphant tone, like Whiteman, but adapted to a different context and language. Although Whitman and Vallejo are two very different poets in terms of subject matter,…

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