Analysis Of Walt Whitman 's Song Of Myself Essay

1114 Words Dec 13th, 2016 5 Pages
“Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself,/(I am large, I contain multitudes.)” There is no doubt that Walt Whitman is one of the most timeless and classic writers from American history. His large influence on the free verse form of poetry paved the way for modern poets to come. His poems reflected his transcendentalist thoughts and great love for the relatively young country America. Walt Whitman wrote with a spirit that tried to define what it meant to be American at the time. When one thinks of Whitman, the first piece to come to mind more often than not is “Song of Myself.” It is a classic piece that has been referenced and quoted in young adult literature today, such as John Green’s novel Paper Towns. This poem examines the self as a huge, all encompassing self, a Self with a capital S, so to speak. He thinks about what it would be like to be other people, to be animals, even. He admires animals for their oblivious bliss, never worrying about human things. “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” again examines the idea of a timeless interconnectedness through God and the self. “What is it then between us?/What is the count of the scores or hundreds of years between us?/Whatever it is, it avails not—distance avails not, and place avails not,/I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine.” Even throughout time, Whitman implies that every individual person remains connected. They live in the same place, and although the city changes over time, the aura and…

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