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What are some themes and symbols in "Song of Myself", with specific...

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ohsnapsonbrit | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted November 23, 2008 at 5:44 AM via web

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What are some themes and symbols in "Song of Myself", with specific details?

I need help with the details on the themes and symbols in this poem. I'm just not good at finding all the details. Please and thanks for all the help!

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 23, 2008 at 10:18 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several major themes in "Song of Myself".  1.  Celebrating yourself in all of your glory and faults.  2.  Reveling in the beauty of nature, and feeling a connection to it.  3.  The connectedness and unity of life and all living beings.

For an example of #1, look at the very first line in section 1:  "I celebrate myself and sing myself".  This is a major theme throughout all of the sections.  For #2, look at section 6 where Whitman talks about all of the things that grass could be, ending with it being himself after he has died (his body feeding the grass).  For #3, section 16 is a great example of Whitman feeling connected to all human beings.

These are just a few examples; the entire poem is packed with examples of these themes.  If you give it a read-through with those themes in mind, examples will jump out more clearly.  Good luck!

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mahnaz625 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM (Answer #2)

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grass is the theme of immortality we as human are like grass which grows as young than dies as old it also has stages like we have in our lifes.we also dies nothing is this world will remain in its original position the grass reminds the idea of immoartality

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