Whitman Vs. Whitman 's Song Of Myself Essay

1444 Words Jan 12th, 2016 6 Pages
Nathalie Vieux-Gresham
Whitman: Whitman vs Narrator Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Walt Whitman was a prolific author who has written many works. One of his works, Song of Myself, describes the experience of a narrator whose life is very relaxed. This narrator is a young thirty-seven-year-old, who is constantly loafing. On the other hand, the author of his story, Walt Whitman, is completely different. He was a prolific writer of a large collection, and an abolitionist. The speaker of this poem has a calm and relaxed personality. He spends time as he “leans and loafe at [his] ease, observing a spear of summer grass,” Therefore he loves just being idle and taking it easy. (5) The speaker wants to live his life to the fullest, and appears to enjoy the good things in life, such as nature. The speaker notes that he would want to live with the animals, because they are “placid and self-contained...They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins/ They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God/Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things/Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago/ Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth. They do not sweat and whine about their condition.” This is proof to the reader that he, like the animals, wishes to live without restraint. He hopes “to cease not until death,” meaning that there is a lot he hopes to accomplish before he dies.…

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