Briefly summarize and analyze "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman.

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As the previous educator noted, it is impossible to "briefly" summarize "Song of Myself." Any summary offered to you will fail to cover every aspect of the poem. It would be better to summarize a cluster of stanzas, but, even then, sometimes Whitman shifts topics from one stanza to the next.

In addition to the massive poem being a celebration of life, it was also, according to Whitman scholar Ed Folsom, Whitman's idealistic attempt to use a poem to stop the impending Civil War. "Song of Myself" was first published in 1855, at the height of sectarian tensions, inflamed by the Compromise of 1850, which included the new Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. The new law demanded...

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