"I Loaf And Invite My Soul"

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Context: Walt Whitman exults in his peculiarly vigorous communion with nature. He feels not only a direct and intimate relationship with the physical world about him, but also with all of humanity, believing that all men are made of one substance and are fundamentally one being rather than a number of individuals. Further, man and nature are of one substance, all part of Creation. Thus, when Whitman writes a "Song of Myself," he is not indulging in excessive egoism, but is simply rejoicing in his membership in a world of life which he finds deeply gratifying. He is able to find a total spiritual repose deriving from his confidence in the rightness of life.

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I celebrate myself, and sing myself,And what I assume you shall assume,For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.I loafe and invite my soul,I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

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