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 indulgent pastoral settings while he revels in its beauty.
This poem is the paradigm for nature poetry, encapsulating the spirit of communion with nature. It is clear in the speaker's reverence that interacting with nature is practically a religious experience. He evokes vivid imagery, encapsulating each sense with his lines—speaking of "the sniff of green leaves and dry leaves" and images of the "shore and dark-color'd sea-rocks" captures the depth of color and scent, conjuring up vivid depictions.
While this poem, as is evident in the title, is focused on celebrating the speaker themselves, it is also reverent in its attitude toward nature, essentially stating that the speaker's celebration of themselves is comparable to a...
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