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Carleigh HoltMrs. TiceAmerican Literature II Unit ISeptember 5, 2019Journal 1A democrat is normally viewed a political term and heard in the debates between twocandidates. The meaning of democrat is a person who believes in the political and social equalityof people. This person sees people as a whole and not individual groups like upper and lowerclass. This person believes that there should be one class of social standards. Walt Whitmanshows his view of democracy in his poem Song of Myself by talking about perceiving each indi-vidual as equal. He thought that people only differed by personality and that people will all diethe same way regardless of race, job, etc. In the first couple of lines to the poem he talks abouthimself having atoms to every person having atoms. He uses this to show that we are all biologi-cally equal. HE thinks democracy is the key to happiness and eternal life. Grass is mentionedthroughout the poem. He compares one blade of grass being one piece to a bigger picture. Theblade of grass is portrayed as one person in a bigger picture.Journal 2Walt Whitman had a fascination with nature. His favorite nature imagery was grass. Hecompared a blade of grass several times in Song of Myself to an individual person. When grassdies, it simply grows new grass to renew the old. He explains throughout the poem that people

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