Based on what I read, in the text on “Song of Myself” I believe that Whitman is expressing the individual’s place in the world by whatever means they were meant to do.Whitman does not compare himself to others and other’s to himself.Whitman word’s sounds like he believes that all people are equal and the same.In the text of line 16 he says he is old of young and foolish as much wise.He also says every atom that makes his body are also the ones that make your body.He’s saying that he is just the much the same as anyone as anyone could be.Then he says that the grass can be a hieroglyphic and it’s with white living among black and he gives the same he receives the same.Through all of Whitman's verses he talks about how a individual is no different
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He said work defines a person. In I Too Sing America Langston Hughes points out Whitman's ideal vision. In the poem he “says i'm the darker
He establishes this through metaphor in the first line when he says, “varied carols” which represents the different voices of people singing in America. When Whitman writes about the carpenter singing “as he measures his plank or beam or the mason, boatman, the shoe maker, the wood cutter, the mother are all singing as they work throughout the day. By writing this he illustrates that each singing worked is different; no two people are doing the same thing. This suggest that the people are not singing the same song, but they do all share one thing- a dream of a better future. Whitman also use repetition by beginning every line with the working class folks “singing” in his or her unique way and repeats the structure to suggest the feeling of harmony.
If you cannot put control to your wants and needs, you have no strong state of priorities. “Surrounded, detached in measureless oceans of space, ceaselessly musing, venturing.” Whitman is making a compare and contrast between the two lives you can choose in life. “Surrounded, detached in measures oceans of space. . . ”
Sections 41 and 43 of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” reflect his advice to “argue not concerning God” by arguing that God can be found in the common man and by emphasizing the similar reasons as to why people are religious. Section 41 deals heavily with the concept of finding divine characteristics in everything. In the poem, Whitman mention various deities from different religions, and goes on to claim, “Discovering as much or more in a framer framing a house,” (1264). This statement implies that all admirable traits found in deities can also be found in the common man. He furthers this idea by listing the many admirable types of commoners, from a mother to a hostler.
“Now I will do nothing but listen,/ To acrrue what I hear into this song, to let sounds contribute towards it.” (Section 26) In “Song of Myself” Whitman directly references his desire to sit and do nothing but listen to the sounds of nature. He trusts in nature to bring him the clarity he pursues, and he believes that all of his desires can be fulfilled in this way. Japhy attempts to teach Ray the importance of meditating and listening to mature in order to help build religious and spiritual understanding.
We are able to see this when Whitman says “The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands”(Whitman, 5-7). That quote shows how the people like doing there job. But in the poem “I, Too” it talks about racism and how he is going to overcome it, we can see this when Hughes states “Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed(15-17)” this shows that he doesn 't care about what they think about him because he know that he is beautiful. This shows how the two poems are different by how they both have different stories and meanings behind the writing. They are different stories because the two talk about two different things like in “I Hear America Singing,” Whitman talks about how everyone loves what they do and want to sing because of it while in the poem “I, Too,” Hughes writes about racism and how he can overcome it, which shows how different the two poems
Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman emphasize the importance of living true to yourself and developing complete self-acceptance. To live a genuine life and completely accept who you are, you must understand your identity and your sense of self. In Self-Reliance, Emerson explains that your identity and your sense of self are spiritual. Whitman argues, in Song of Myself, that your identity and sense of self are based on both your soul and your body. While both Emerson and Whitman allow for intimate connections and friendships, Emerson encourages people to have relationships with a select few, whereas Whitman encourages people to connect with everyone and anyone, due to their different views of self.
In fact, the first two lines of part two of this poem read as follows: “The love of the body of man or woman balks account, the body itself balks account, That of the male is perfect, and that of the female is perfect.” (1-2) However, Whitman then continues to describe the perfection of man in great detail, in such a way that evokes a sense of longing, just like the gaze of the speaker lingers as he watches this man pass
Throughout his poem, he constantly talks about the importance of coming together and merging. Whitman says, “I celebrate myself, and sing myself, And what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you” (Whitman 1). On the surface, this quote may appear to illustrate that Whitman thinks highly of himself, but it is more than this. The last part of this quote emphasizes that we are all connected and even though we are all individuals, we should not forget that we are connected to one another. Whitman also says, “Urge and urge and urge, Always the procreant urge of the world.
By using the epanaphora “Of the…”, Whitman shows that he is thinking of the President, who is also having his own set of thoughts. In another line, Whitman simply says, “Of public opinion” (1). This quote simply shows that Whitman is thinking about public opinion. Throughout the poem, the use of repetition helps the reader to understand that they are reading Whitman’s own personal
He says that “The spirit of God is the brother of my own,” meaning that God, the divine creator, the person who stresses, ‘Love thy neighbor,” is his brother, and all people’s brother which indirectly suggests that everyone love each other and take care of each other because we are family. Whitman then goes on, saying that while America is great, life is not perfect, as everyone face challenges and tough times in our lives, “It is not upon you alone the dark patches fall/ The dark threw its patches down upon me also,” (Whitman 12). He discusses the fact that while America is an ideal society where people love each other, life is not so perfect, as the hardships we face are difficult to overcome.
In conclusion, if I had to write a poem inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” it would be very similar but also a lot different from his. In Whitman’s poem he talked about live and death, and equality for all. While in my poem I would write about accomplishing as much as you can in your life and growing as a person with you nation with you. Even though these themes are not exactly the same, they do correlate because they are both talking about what goes on in a human’s life and what people should do in their lives. I also gave advice along with my themes which was to always try to grow and become a better person.
Whitman 's idea of equality is so strong that he even devotes the very first lines of Song of Myself to it. He
His divinely inspired vision led him to the domain extending beyond the reach of empirical experience. The unknown, the unseen, the unheard and the unexpressed revealed to his mind the deepest truths about the ultimate reality. For Whitman, according to V.N.Dhavale, “the world of senses is not real world, it is only a poor substitute for the real, the ideal , the transcendental”(Walt Whitman 43).Whitman’s approach to the transcendental nature of life is free from any obscurity or dogmatism. Limitations of Material Life Whitman is invariably analysing the material in terms of transcendental in his poetic universe to highlight its limitations.