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

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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. The first edition of the poem had no sections. These were added later, as was the title.

As for your question about the tone of the poem, there is no one answer. After you read it carefully, you may find the answer to this question to be different than someone else's who reads it. As Whitman says in the poem:

You are also asking me questions and I hear you,
I answer that I cannot answer, you must find out for yourself.

To help you find your own personal answer, I will suggest some possible answers, and then you can choose which interpretation seems best from your own perspective.

The tone of the poem is exuberant. Whitman embraces and is in love with all existence. He revels in life and in all that he observes of life. The tone is accepting. Whitman regards all people—men and women, the rich and...

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