To Walt Whitman's Song Of Myself

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To Whitman poetics and politics are inseparable. He understands the politics of his country and realizes the mutual relationship between that politics and the national poetry of his country. He tried to put up for sale the first edition of Leaves of Grass on July 4, 1855. “By invoking the scene of an Independence Day celebration in ‘Song of Myself,’ Whitman succeeds in connecting the internal events of his poetry with the external circumstances of his book’s publication” (Whitley 460). “In addition to the metonymic feat of making Leaves of Grass and his own person merge so that they became almost exchangeable terms, Whitman created similar slippage between himself and his country” (Price, To Walt Whitman, America 4). Therefore, to Whitman Leaves

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