Walt Whitman's View Of American Identity

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An iconic figure in the history of American literature, Walt Whitman was born on the 31st May 1819. Today his contribution and works in the poetic world have come to define sentimentalism, ambitions and some key experiences that Americans underwent in the 19th century. Even though he may have been politically inactive, his work had the will to display political views. Having survived through the civil war, he grew much affectionate perception on the nature and complexity of American polity. Whitman’s view of America was that of a culturally diverse society that we currently witness as such this vision was mainly expressed in his poetic works. For instance, the poem, passage to India was a real demonstration of idealism which withered a little during the abundance of the gilded age (Pannapacker, P. 45). Through his poetic works, here was able to give an in-depth understanding of the actual America identity that was mainly circumvented the concept of independence, freedom of the masses and democratic space for all human and political undertakings. This is demonstrated during this American Renaissance, whereby philosophers and authors in the mold of Thoreau, Emerson gave a brief assessment of America’s short history through their works and presented an overview of the concept of the national identity. Among them was Whitman who would take a radical stand in affirming that American identity was complex from a country’s central principle of sovereignty and equality. This is
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