Paper 2 - Carter 1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL...

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Carter 1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL 1600 – 002 October 17, 2007 Paper #2 – topic #3 The Metaphoric Body of Walt Whitman Walt Whitman’s Leaves Of Grass presents an interesting exploration of the generic self, and specifically the use of the body as a metaphor. Whitman uses the body as a tool to express intimacy, human connection, homoeroticism, sexuality, gender, and individuality among many others. Whitman utilizes the body to portray his ideas of a national conscience and overall connection between all citizens. He also uses the theme to express the equality of individuals in a democratic society. In almost every poem of the works Whitman uses the theme or metaphor of the body. However, it is in “Song of Myself” and “I Sing The Body Electric” that he deeply pursues the body as a metaphor. Whitman’s use of body is an important and effective poetic metaphor that when examined, presents many intriguing study points. In “Song of Myself” Whitman delves into the use of the metaphorical body in relation to himself and the account of interconnection between all citizens. Whitman in some way or another expresses some form of sexuality throughout the poem, and whether it is explicit or not, it contributes to the overall point of a physical human connection among all people. The twenty- ninth bather section (section eleven, page 31) is exemplary in the use of the body in a way that
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Paper 2 - Carter 1 Daniel Carter Prof. Sean Purcell ENGL...

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