What is the meaning of the line "I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person" from Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"?

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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 of a first-person narrator. In fact, it is quite telling that the very first word of the poem is the word “I,” as it clearly states the key theme of the poem from the very beginning.

However, when looking at the poem more closely, the reader begins to realize that the poem is not as selfish and egocentric as it might have appeared at first glance. It soon becomes apparent that the poet sees and defines himself not only through himself, but also through other people. His experience of others has an effect on him and shapes his personality and character going forward. The line “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person” clearly underlines this interpretation of the poem. Through this line, the narrator tells us that he experiences empathy when...

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