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Unformatted text preview: Alex Ryng ENAM 132 Mr. Parini 10/02/08 Leafing through Leaves of Grass , the collection of poems written by Walt Whitman, the very first poem, Ones-Self I Sing, demonstrates Whitmans grand entrance into modern poetry. Casting away the influence of contemporaries, with their dependence on external authority, carefully measured verses and stereotypical poetic backgrounds, Whitman not only challenges the ideas and presentation of poetry in the past, but also bursts through with poetry that is unique in style, substance and presentation. In nine lines, Whitman describes a new man, vocal and free. The subject of the poem is derived from what Whitman believes is the birthplace of poetry, the self. A feeling of originality, a renewed sense of awareness and a rush of Americanism all originate from the new tone that the author conveys. The two phrases I sing and I say are repeated five times over the nine-line poem, emphasizing the importance of the individual in both poetry and society....
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