Song Of Myself By Walt Whitman Essay

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“Song of Myself” Analysis
In Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself”, the sporadic writing covers many topics and themes relating to the 19th century, bringing up various issues and pleasures he finds in society. “Song of Myself” transcends time by suggesting themes that are also applicable to modern society. Whitman draws attention to the unity of all living things through using symbolism and parallel sentence structure.
The “leaves of grass” reappear throughout the poem and represent unity of life. For example, Whitman describes the “grass is itself a child, the produced babe of the vegetation”(6). This comparison illuminates that the grass is a symbol for the human self. Just as grass sprouts anew from the earth, humans also start out young and new as children. Further on in this section Whitman claims, “This grass is very dark to be from the white heads of old mothers”. (6) The grass is now described as being grown from those who have perished. The leaves of grass are representative of new life stemming from old life, a metaphor for the unity of all living things. Ones “self” is not lost after death but instead reincarnated into nature as something new. In this section, living matter is recycled or reincarnated into the next life because every person, animal or plant is made of the same material. Whitman revisits this Idea when he claims, “a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars”(31). In comparing these vastly different things, Whitman is…

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