How does "Song of Myself" focus on specific American ideals and themes?
Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" focuses upon Democratic ideals, among which are the value of the individual. Thematic of "Song of Myself" is the expression of the self and the love of nature.
In "One's Self I Sing," Whitman extols both the individual and nature:
The play of shine and shade on the trees as the supple boughs wag,The delight alone or in the rush of the streets, or along the fields and hill-sides,The feeling of health, the full-noon trill, the song of me rising from bed and meeting the sun.
I am enamour’d of growing out-doors,
Of men that live among cattle or taste of the ocean or woods,...
The crew of the fish-smack pack repeated layers of halibut in the hold,
The Missourian crosses the plains toting his wares and his cattle,