Describe your impression of the speaker in this poem. Is he justified in celebrating himself? Think about the speaker's view of himself, his view of death, and his relationships with the reader and...

Describe your impression of the speaker in this poem. Is he justified in celebrating himself?

Think about the speaker's view of himself, his view of death, and his relationships with the reader and with others

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I think the short answer to your question is “yes,” although I am not sure I understand your use of the word “justified.” The word seems to suggest a question of “worth,” as in, “What’s so special about Walt? Why does he deserve a poem about himself?” It’s a good question, but one that misses the point of "Song of Myself."

Whitman's purpose in "Song" is to eradicate the difference between subject and object. That is to say, there is no difference, in his view, between himself and other people. He is very explicit about this from the start of the poem. When he says, in the third line, “For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you,” he’s not being symbolic or mysterious: he...

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