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Song of Myself

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

One main theme in Walt Whitman’s poem Song of Myself might be pleasure. Throughout the poem, the speaker appears to constantly experience delight, rapture, or pleasure. Early on in the poem, the...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 4:41 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of section 1 in the poem "Song of Myself"?

From the first line, Walt Whitman makes it clear that he plans to celebrate himself in his poem. The introductory section also evokes the classic invocation of the muse found in epic poems such as...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2020 11:38 am UTC

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What is the significance of Grass in Walt Whitman's Song of myself?

The significance of Grass, in American poet Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”, as part of his epic work “Leaves of Grass” is that a single blade of grass represents an individual in society. The man...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2015 9:08 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of section 52 in "Song of Myself" by Whitman?

With section 52, Whitman ends his long poem Song of Myself—a poem that seems to encompass both eons and universes. How can such a poem end? Only with the same exuberant flourish that has sustained...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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In section 6 of Song of Myself, how does the image of grass represent the cycle of life and death?

In Section 6 of "Song of Myself" Whitman uses the imagery of grass to explore the theme of death and rebirth. The child asks the speaker what seems like a fairly simple question: "What is grass?"...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2019 9:40 am UTC

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What are some examples of metaphor in the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman?

Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes. In this first example of a metaphor, the "perfumes" represent memories. Indeed, it is often said that the sense of...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2019 7:14 am UTC

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"I Celebrate Myself" is the first section of Whitman's poem "Song of Myself." In what ways does "I celebrate myself"...

A lover of humanity, Walt Whitman feels that he is a part of everyone else as well as a part of Nature. So, when he writes "I celebrate myself," Whitman implies that he celebrates all mankind. Much...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 3:40 pm UTC

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In "Song of Myself," what do these lines mean? "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my...

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. (1332-3) Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" is wild poem reveling in the exploration of the...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2016 3:35 am UTC

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What do you learn about the speaker of the poem? How would you describe the speaker? Cite evidence from the text to...

This poem is a bit odd in that the speaker of the poem is Walt Whitman. Section 24 has Whitman name dropping himself, so the speaker is Whitman or the persona that Whitman is creating for himself...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 4:17 pm UTC

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How does Walt Whitman show individualism and idealism in his poem "Song of Myself"?

Discussing individualism in Song of Myself can be tricky. While the title would suggest this an autobiographical work about Whitman—and on one level it is—the "I" of the poem is, nevertheless, most...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 5:50 pm UTC

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How does Whitman use or describe death in "Song of Myself"? I am writing a paper on Whitman's "Song of Myself" and...

In part 6 of "Song of Myself," Whitman portrays death as just another step on the journey of our lives; it is a continuation rather than an end. He asks what we think has become of the people who...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 9:58 pm UTC

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How did nature influence Whitman to write the poem "Song of Myself"?

As a Transcendentalist writer, Walt Whitman believed in the idea (akin to the Unitarian belief today) that God, nature, and humans are all connected. "Song of Myself," as a long poem comprised of...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2009 8:42 am UTC

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What are the Romantic elements presented in "Song of Myself"?

Many elements of Romanticism appear in Whitman's poem. Romantics celebrated nature as a spiritual force, exalted the common person, wrote in everyday language, and wanted to express deep emotion...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019 11:38 pm UTC

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What does Walt Whitman mean when he calls the grass ''the flag of my disposition'' in section 6 of "Song of Myself"?

Whitman's observation that the grass may be "the flag of my disposition" is given in response to a child asking him what grass is. He freely observes that he does "not know what it is any more than...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2018 11:00 am UTC

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What is Walt Whitman's attitude in section 17 in of "Song of Myself"?

In this section, Whitman expresses a unity and comraderie with everyone else on the planet; he feels connected to them, at one with them, and as much a part of them as they are of him. He...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2010 12:49 am UTC

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What is the tone of "Song of Myself " by Walt Whitman?

The free-verse poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman is considered one of the greatest works of American literature. It was first published in 1855 as part of Whitman's collection Leaves of Grass....

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 12:21 am UTC

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What are the literary devices in Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"?

Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" is an interesting work because it was completed over such a long period of time and revised based on Whitman's changes in life, experience, and thinking, though the...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2014 7:58 pm UTC

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What paradoxes does Walt Whitman list in section 16 of "Song of Myself"?

In Part 16 of "Song of Myself," Walt Whitman lists a number of paradoxes. All of them can be used to illuminate Whitman's thematic concerns, which are part and parcel of Whitman's...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 4:58 am UTC

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How can we apply this passage in our lives from "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman? "You shall no longer take things...

This passage from the second stanza of "Song of Myself" introduces a vitally important theme in this incredible poem, in which the speaker urges his audience to not accept experience that has...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2013 6:53 am UTC

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How does Whitman treat the concept of "self" in "Song of Myself" in terms of universality?

In Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself," there are many aspects to ponder, but the one that strikes me is that of universality. Whitman notes that he is one with nature, one with all the men and women...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2010 4:11 am UTC

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What are the themes in "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman?

The short answer to this question would be to say Whitman's theme is himself, but the trouble begins when we consider what "himself" might mean. To put it another way, the poem is about the...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2017 12:55 pm UTC

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In section 1 of Song of Myself, explain following lines: "hoping to cease not till death. Creeds and schools in...

Whitman draws on the tradition of epic poetry, beginning with a declaration in which he seems to depict himself as his own muse (the poem is called the "song of myself," after all) rather than...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2019 2:11 pm UTC

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In Section 33 of Song of Myself, what are some examples of visual imagery and tactile imagery?

This section of Whitman's poem is filled with sensory writing; imagery is the most predominant poetic technique found throughout. Many of the visual images are those of nature: "Where the panther...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2011 9:09 am UTC

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In section 1 and 52 of Whitman's "Song of Myself", are there examples of metaphors and personifications?

Whitman believes in the essential unity of all things and sees the role of the poet as being to both embody that unity and articulate it. His two main poetic tools for doing this are metaphor, in...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2018 11:38 am UTC

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What is "Part 33" in Song of Myself about? (the beginning of the start and the end..read whats in between.) I...

Whitman talks about the great extent of his imagination: "I skirt sierras, my palms cover continents, I am afoot with my vision." Lots of power exists within this imagination. It seems to have...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2015 6:30 pm UTC

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What are the major themes and ideas in Song of Myself 10 by Walt Whitman

In Section 10 of Song of Myself, there is the idea of acceptance of all that the poet observes in nature and those who live in accompaniment with him. There is no moral judgment placed upon those...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2017 10:32 am UTC

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In this excerpt from the poem "Song of Myself," which literary device does Whitman use to address the sea? Is...

In Whitman's "Song of Myself," one should know each of the devices listed so as to rule out the incorrect answers, especially if choices seem similar, or a response does not immediately come to...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2015 11:45 pm UTC

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What is section 14 about in Whitman's poem "Song of Myself"?

In the final stanza of this section, Whitman writes that: What is commonest, cheapest, nearest, easiest, is Me,Me going in for my chance, spending for vast returns,Adorning myself to bestow myself...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2019 8:43 pm UTC

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What is the overall message of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"?

It isn't just the problems he can and does connect with, it's all people in all situations. He moves beyond sympathy--feelings for other people--to empathy--sharing the feelings of others. It's...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2015 12:24 am UTC

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What elements of realism are present in Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself"?

"Song of Myself" captures numerous qualities that we find in realist literature:Verisimilitude: Realist writers want to present as close a portrait of truth as is possible. Whitman takes this one...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 2:50 pm UTC

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What is the attitude of the speaker toward nature in "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman?

The speaker's attitude in Whitman's famous poem toward nature is that of reverence and adoration. The entirety of the poem is spent cherishing the wonder that nature brings, placing the speaker in...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 6:40 pm UTC

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Describe the equality in Whitman's "Song of Myself".

It is important to remember that, in spite of the title of this collection of poems, it is more about America and Whitman's vision of what he would like it to be rather than himself. Whitman...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013 6:45 am UTC

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What is a summary of Part 11 of "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman?

Part 11 of this poem concerns a "lonesome" woman who is, at twenty-eight years of age, the owner of a "fine house" which overlooks the shore where twenty-eight young men are bathing. The woman's...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 9:45 am UTC

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In "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, what is the symbolism of the grass? Please include a passage of support.

A child said What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child? I do not know what it is any more than he. I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011 5:28 am UTC

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In "Song of Myself", section 10, what repetitions of sentence patterns help to create cadence? What feelings does...

Another aspect of sentence fluency that can create a gentle or peaceful cadence is consonance. Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds within words. Take a look at the first stanza of the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2017 2:34 am UTC

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Whitman states, "I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world." How does that statement and his explanations...

Whitman's diction is poetic and free. His line that begins "I sound my barbaric yawp" celebrates his own power and freedom and liberates him from both poetic and societal conventions. His poetry is...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018 11:11 pm UTC

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Sum up the themes restated in number 52, the coda to Song of Myself.

In 52, Whitman says, "I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable," echoing the idea from 51, that he contains "multitudes" and even "contradicts" himself. In the coda, Whitman revisits the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2020 10:58 pm UTC

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In section 33 of "Song of Myself," how is the skipper of the boat depicted?

You are referring to the skipper who rescues passengers off the drifting wreck of a steamship. The skipper is portrayed as a courageous hero: I understand the large hearts of heroes,The courage of...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2016 12:13 pm UTC

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In the last stanza of part 1, the speaker refers to schools of thought that he has considered in the past and has now...

The last line of this section refers to "nature without check with original energy." If you are familiar with other American poets of the nineteenth century, you may recognize this trend toward a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 10:05 am UTC

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Can anyone explain what sections 16 and 19 mean in the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman?

Section 16 starts with contradictions. He states he is one thing, but also the opposite of that thing: "Maternal as well as paternal, a child as well as a man" (l.3). Whitman is saying...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2008 11:43 am UTC

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Can someone break down Section 7 of Song of Myself by Walt Whitman?

An examination of the tone of section 7 of Whitman's "Song of Myself" offers the reader a clear way to approach a literary analysis of this part of the poem. In the first stanza of section 7, the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 2:58 pm UTC

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"I speak the pass-word primeval, I give the sign of democracy; / By God! I will accept nothing which all cannot have...

Whitman and his American literary brethren arose in response to the hidebound, constrictive, and myopic culture of the Old World. The oppressive weight of the trappings of European culture and its...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020 7:49 pm UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2018 2:43 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the line "I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person"...

“Song of Myself” is a poem by Walt Whitman. It was first published in 1855. It is an exploration and celebration of oneself as a person, which is why the poet chose to write it from the perspective...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 9:44 am UTC

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

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...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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Many critics believe that Whitman’s poetry celebrates the democratic spirit and human equality. What evidence in...

Walt Whitman celebrates democracy and egalitarianism through the sweeping, inclusive litanies that characterize his poetry and give it rhetorical force. Section 16 in "Song of Myself" is a...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 11:36 am UTC

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In Section 9 of "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, what does he take pleasure in?

While Whitman never says that he takes pleasure in anything in particular; he gives us a very pleasurable scene and his action in it from which to infer his pleasure. He has taken pleasure in...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 11:50 am UTC

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What does the word "kelson" mean in Song of Myself?

This intriguing word is found, for example, in Section 5 of this impressive poem that does so much to define America and the American spirit that we can see emerging from the founding of this...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012 2:03 pm UTC

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In section 10 of "Song of Myself", what do you think this stanza shows about the speaker’s relationship with his...

The encounter with the runaway works to show that the narrator identifies with this man just as he earlier identified with nature, with the clam-diggers and with the marriage party. The "self" in...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2012 3:13 pm UTC

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What are some examples of a thesis statement for Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself" involving the dominant...

When this poem was first published as the opening work in Whitman's collection Leaves of Grass, it did not have a title; Whitman later titled it "Song of Myself" in 1881. This fact is telling when...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2015 3:19 am UTC

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